Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An infusion of poetry, music and reality

A smart combination of ideas and materials creating a mixed media wonderland...Terry Allen's use of diverse elements push the viewer to figure out the puzzle...what is the relationship between the loosly related objects, painting, text and light?

Representational imagery in his paintings are often combined with small lead text panels punched into the surface. These words are poetic and flow through the works...strong verticals and horizontals are cut through by objects, breaking each plane, but remaining balanced...the dark painting in the upper left, along with the two light gray small text panels counter-balance the light and objects on the platform. Visually, you are pushed to the right then swung back to the left by these forms...we group items by similarity in size, color and image shape...this piece does an excellent job of playing with these formal concerns...

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