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Anne Allen
updated: 01/21/2013
website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annelouiseallen/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Hairnet Wall Drawing (installation drawing)
Blade
Bouquet
Doily Crown I
Filigree
Lace
LHND #1
Tiara
Diadem (Mantilla)
Fleece (Golden Dryer Sheet Drawing)
Tiara #2
GC2TXYK: Vishnu Overlook N 35° 57.826 W 111° 56.972
GC18490: The Cube N 32° 46.998 W 096° 55.721
GC3FZWQ: April Fools: PVC pipe, N 33° 06.859 W 096° 45.440
GC2QNQP: Marsh Lane T-Bone, ,N 33° 02.709 W 096° 51.201
 
Portfolio Keywords:  meditative, abstract, process, pattern, craft, obsessive, kitsch, repetition
 
 
Hairnet Wall Drawing (installation drawing) by Anne Allen
Hairnet Wall Drawing (installation drawing)
Pencil on unprepared wall
2005-06
48" x  120" 
Blade by Anne Allen
Blade
Gouache on paper
2008
90" x  45" 
Bouquet by Anne Allen
Bouquet
Charcoal and pencil on paper
2005
43" x  59" 
Doily Crown I by Anne Allen
Doily Crown I
Pencil, charcoal, oil pastel on paper
2005
37" x  76" 
Filigree by Anne Allen
Filigree
Pencil on paper
2007
60" x  90" 
Lace by Anne Allen
Lace
Pencil on paper
2007
60" x  66" 
LHND #1 by Anne Allen
LHND #1
Pencil on paper
2008
72" x  60" 
Tiara by Anne Allen
Tiara
Prismacolor pencil on paper
2009
50" x  60" 
Diadem (Mantilla) by Anne Allen
Diadem (Mantilla)
Acrylic ink on paper
2009
55" x  58" 
Fleece (Golden Dryer Sheet Drawing) by Anne Allen
Fleece (Golden Dryer Sheet Drawing)
Silverpoint and ink on paper
2010
40" x  28" 
Tiara #2 by Anne Allen
Tiara #2
Colored pencil on paper
2009
34" x  39" 
GC2TXYK: Vishnu Overlook N 35° 57.826 W 111° 56.972   by Anne Allen
GC2TXYK: Vishnu Overlook N 35° 57.826 W 111° 56.972
Watercolor
2011
9" x  12" 
GC18490: The Cube N 32° 46.998 W 096° 55.721   by Anne Allen
GC18490: The Cube N 32° 46.998 W 096° 55.721
Watercolor
2011
9" x  12" 
GC3FZWQ: April Fools: PVC pipe, N 33° 06.859 W 096° 45.440 by Anne Allen
GC3FZWQ: April Fools: PVC pipe, N 33° 06.859 W 096° 45.440
Watercolor, pencil and ink on vellum
2012
36" x  26" 
GC2QNQP: Marsh Lane T-Bone, ,N 33° 02.709 W 096° 51.201 by Anne Allen
GC2QNQP: Marsh Lane T-Bone, ,N 33° 02.709 W 096° 51.201
Watercolor, pencil and ink on vellum
2012
36" x  26" 

Artist Statement

 

Anne Allen’s works explore her ongoing interest in pattern, both natural and manmade. Her work draws from sources that include vines, scratches, hairnets, machine-made lace and doilies, wallpaper, dryer sheets and floral patterns. With the mass-produced doilies and lace, Allen is interested in how these manufactured, commonplace items point to the handmade, craft origins in their decorative history. Another a body of work focuses on the traditional women’s head covering of her Catholic upbringing and contemporary interpretations of ancient diadems and gold heraldic jewelry of the Etruscans and Greeks. Her use of gold colored media (ink, Prismacolor) and silverpoint and goldpoint seek to elevate by association with precious metals the banal

 

Recently Allen has begun an exploration of random patterning found in nature and on the body. Works include linear, golden drawings done with brush and ink on vellum, based on the tangled lines of vines; and a series of intimate watercolors based on the network of criss-crossing scratches on the skin incurred during hikes in rugged country while geocaching. These “Bloody Scratch Drawings” take as their title the coordinates of the geocache site where the scratches were sustained. In these works, Allen is interested in abstracting the source material to reveal patterns and intricacies.

 

Allen frequently works with an overhead projector, manipulating, distorting and layering materials to achieve her desired formal vocabulary. For the doily drawings she uses paper doilies that have a crisp, disposable beauty. For the hairnet drawings, hairnets are either drawn from life or enlarged many times over, pulled into sculptural configurations and rendered in hypnotic detail. The enlarged scale applied to these objects provides an opportunity for abstraction and endows the objects with a presence beyond their utilitarian purpose. Allen’s reliance on basic drawing materials—silver point, gold point, gold ink, charcoal, graphite, prismacolor and gouache—gives her work a minimalist beauty.

 

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Born 1960, Seattle, WA

 

Anne Allen grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and has lived and worked  in Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR and New York's Hudson Valley before returning to Texas in 1999. Allen received her M.F.A. in metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz and her  B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Allen is a 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007 finalist for the Hunting Art Prize. Solo exhibitions include Alchemy, The Old Jail Art Center Cell Series, February 5 – May 22, 2011; Laureate, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, March-April, 2010,  Deft Touch, Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Dallas, TX, February-March, 2009; Openwork, Studio 832, Dallas, TX, March-May 2008; Enduring Pattern, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas, 2005-06 (with Elaine Taylor), Four or Five Large Drawings, the Gallery at Rivendell, New Paltz, NY. Group exhibitions include Methodical Markings, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX, May-June, 2008; The Drawing Room, Galveston Arts Center, May-June, 2008;  The Office, Fort Worth Community Art Center, 2007; Small, NRH Gallery and Big, NRH Gallery, and Schema: A Drawing Show, Carrillon Gallery, Tarrant County College South.

 

Allen is currently a Public Art Project Manager with the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. A curator and arts administrator, Allen served as Director of the Arlington Museum of Art (AMA) from 2001-2007, and as Executive Director of The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, 2000.