Thomas Allen

THOMAS ALLEN

Inspired by a View-Master and pop-up books as a child, Thomas Allen became interested in recreating these three-dimensional experiences by using mid century books and pulp fiction paperbacks as still life subjects. Allen gently cuts around the shape of his figures, physically releasing them from their two dimensional surface, and then places them in a new display of meaningful interactions. His characters are brought to life from their pages and covers by detailed lighting and selective focus, ultimately telling a distinct narrative with their newly defined settings. He explores the human experience by exploring sexuality, desire, childhood and scientific norms. In his earlier work from Uncovered and New Releases, Allen portrayed unrequited love, dramatic sexuality, violence and dynamic scenes of movement. In Beautiful Evidence, Allen plays with the findings of science, the complexity of the universe, identifying with the wonder and innocence of childhood. With an offbeat and cinematic way of storytelling, Allen continues to create photography that is animated, contemplative and intriguing. 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015    Thomas Allen, PA1NT BY NUMBERS, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2014    Thomas Allen Photographs, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

2012    Thomas Allen, Beautiful Evidence, FOLEY, New York, NY

2011    Thomas Allen,  Endnotes, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA

            Thomas Allen, Paper Cuts,  Holland, MI

2009    1x1, 1000 Eventi Gallery, Milan, Italy

            Thomas Allen,  Afterward, Thomas Barry Fine Art,  MI

            Thomas Allen, Epilogue, FOLEY, NY

2008    Thomas Allen, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

            Thomas Allen, Oswald Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY

            Thomas Allen, Light & Sie Gallery, Dallas, TX

2007    New Photographs, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

            New Releases, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

            Open Books, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

2006    Pulp Fiction, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

            Out of Print, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

2005    Grand Rapids Museum of Fine Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

            John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2004    Uncovered, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

            Thomas Allen: New Photographs, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

            Thomas Allen: Photographs, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

            Between the Pages: Thomas Allen, Rochester Community/Tech College, Rochester, MN 

2003    Cover-to-Cover, Gage Family Gallery, Augsburg College–Minneapolis, MN

2002    Thomas Allen: Recent Work, Open Book, Minneapolis, MN

1998    Faculty Spotlight, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of MN–Minneapolis, MN

1996    Thomas Allen: Science–Fact or Fiction?, Katherine E. Nash Gallery,

            University of MN–Minneapolis, MN

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016    Pulp, Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH

2015    Open To Interpretation, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

2014    Turning Pages, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

           If You Build It... East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

2013    More Young Americans, L’Enclos des Bernardins, Paris, FR

            Pop-Up Art, Art Center IDA, Seoul, KR

2011    Range, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

            Faculty Exhibition, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

            Photo Fictions,  The University of Akron, Akron, OH

            East Wing X- Material Matters, The Courtlaud Institute, London, UK

         Paper Works 3D, The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

2010    Festival des Arts Visuals de Vevy, Bibliotheque Municipal, Vevy, CH

            Going Yard!, Thomas Barry Fine Art, MI

2009    PQ: 100, Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

2007    Empty Nest, Nathan A Bernstein & Co. Ltd, New York, NY

         Double Take, Bloomington Arts Center, Bloomington, MN

            Eye Contact, Portraiture Now, General Electric Headquarters, Fairfield, CT

2006    Joint Venture, Nelson Gallery & Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

2005    Thomas Allen: Photographs, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

            Several Artists Consider Books, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

            When We Were Young, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2004    Photo Bravo, MN Center for Photograph, Minneapolis, MN

            Photo NY, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

            Hand to Eye: Faculty Exhibition, Gage Family Gallery, Augsburg College—Minneapolis, MN

            Play Ball!, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

            Move, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

            Iranian/American Photography Project, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2003    Faculty Exhibition, Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts—Penland, NC

            Photo Bravo, MN Center for Photography

            Nature as Abstraction, Rochester Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2002    Photo Bravo, MN Center for Photography

2001    Photo Lotto, pARTs—Photographic Arts, Minneapolis, MN

            Spaces of Re-Remembrance, Tweed Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN

1999    1997 McKnight Photography Fellows, Plains Art Museum, Duluth, MN

1998    1997 McKnight Photography Fellows, Tweed Museum of Art, Fargo, ND

1997    McKnight Photography Fellows, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Duluth, MN

            Found Objects, Images Freedman Gallery, University of MN—Minneapolis, MN

1997    Alumni Exhibition, Community Arts Gallery, Louisville, KY

            Art and Science, Mariboe Gallery, Wayne State University—Detroit, MI

            Supermarket, East Side Post Office, The Peddie School—Highstown, NJ

1996    MFA Thesis Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Madison, WI

            Art and Science: Creative Solutions, College of Visual Arts, University of MN—Minneapolis, MN

           Big Ten Conference Exhibition, Big Ten Conference Center, St. Paul, MN

1995    Department of Art Scholarship Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Park Ridge, IL

            Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita Park Art Center, University of MN—Minneapolis, MN 

1994    Personal Homages, ArtReach Gallery, Wichita, KS

            Dark Humor, Plan B Gallery, St. Paul, MN

1993    New Beginnings, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Memphis, TN

1992    September Salon Exhibition, Community Arts Gallery, University of MN—Minneapolis, MNMI Friends of Photography                  

10th Anniversary, Urban Park Gallery, Wayne State University—Detroit, MI 

 

AWARDS

2017 Nominee United States Artists Fellowship. United States Artists. Chicago, IL

2014 Nominee American Illustration Award. American Illustration-American Photogrpahy. New York, NY

2011 Recipient Outstanding Special Event (N Berrien Historical Museum). Historical Society of MI. Lansing, MI

2010 Recipient SPOTS Gold Award. The Society of Publication Designers. New York, NY

2006 Nominee John Gutmann Photography Fellowship. The San Francisco Foundation. San Francisco, CA

2004 Finalist Bush Foundation Grant. Bush Foundation. St. Paul, MN

2000 Recipient Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship. Minnesota State Arts Board. St. Paul, MN

1997 Finalist MCAD/Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship. Jerome Foundation. Minneapolis, MN

1997 Recipient McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers. McKnight Foundation. Minneapolis, MN