Jonathan Allens collages and paintings combine pop imagery, abstraction, and propaganda in an effort to reflect the contradictions that arise from within our cultural and political climate. The various media he usesoil/acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, and newspaper and magazine cuttingssometimes coalesce in formal harmony, though more often they serve to diagram the breakdowns triggered by irreconcilable clashes in perspective. If culture is a language of forces operating in mixed agreementdesire, ethics, history, money, powerthen the unlikely fusions in Allens work represent a resonant voice in the conversation of who we are now. That Allen achieves this without sacrificing either aesthetic pleasure or contextual intelligibility is a credit to his resourcefulness and care, allowing for a dense and eccentric vision that lays bare our cultures often jagged and convoluted messages.
by Jonathan Allen
Pub Date: December 1, 2010
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Jonathan Allen is represented in New York City by Lu Magnus gallery.