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Ford Allen

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6341-0010

Birthplace
NYC

Birth year
1967

Lives in
hell aye

Works in
el aye

Website

Schools
Cooper Union, 1990, BFA
S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, 1994, MFA

Representing galleries
bay street arts, Fluxco

Tags
conceptual, political/social installation, protest-art, humor

Statement

10% Real Art!

 

When I made this artwork I was at first ridiculing my own primal impulse to make art at all. Once I saw a few on the wall, I realized that there is in fact something new going on in the works. They function like a t-shirt for a gallery wall. They are casual paintings, not meant to be taken too much to heart. However, the best humor is also somewhat true. Laughter just makes truth a bit easier to swallow. The works are conspicuous in their self-conscious nonchalance.

 

Through the scale of the work, the materials of found metal, bees wax, vintage lamp parts, discarded wood, fabric remnants, spray paint, and the use of basic text, a set of references is outlined that is artless. The materials were not originally created to be artful or have any meaning attached to them beyond their function. Hopefully, the way in which they are combined, while showing a general dissatisfaction with the formal practices of art-making, also turns them into art: an object with meaning, reference, feeling and thought.

 

Just as the wearer of a t-shirt informs the bearer's message, these works also gain their meaning from the walls on which they hang, from their context. Shown in a white walled gallery, the irony of the works is accentuated and changes one's perception of the gallery space itself. The gallery becomes the self-referential comedian criticizing their own visionary lack of vision. The meaning of the message is both framed and created by the gallery itself and made more raw though the sometimes biting humor of the text. This may also be true of the place of honor that these works inhabit above your mantlepiece, sofa, conference table and lobby.

 

Behind their thin veil of simplicity lies a rich history of alienation familiar to all adolescents, artists and assholes alike: the triple A of the Art world. Many, if not all, of these pieces are so incredibly asinine and devoid of any technical ability that there is nothing left but the actual idea, which is everything. This conceptual feat was accomplished only after intense study at the graduate level, coupled with decades of meaningful experience in our diverse and welcoming community. So I thank you all for making this possible. And you're welcome!

 

EDUCATION

MFA University at Stony Brook, NY, 1994.

 

BFA, Cooper Union, NY, 1990.

 

Attended: Rhode Island School of Design, RI, 1986-1988.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*Single Shows)

 

2015 Art Show, Bay Street Arts, downtown lost angeles, CA 90021. Participants and exact time-frame TBD shortly. Probably happenin in September. It's gonna be fucking great!

 

2014 *Fear makes me hallucinate art show at Sawhorse Gallery 5110 York Blvd. Highland Park, CA 90042. Curated by Jim Jewett. Exhibited metal "paintings" and sculptures.

 

2013 The Kids are Something Else/Mod Vs. Rocker Group show at Judith Kaufman Gallery at El Portal, 5269 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. Curated by Sean Moloney. Artists: Ford Allen, Ed Colver, Hollis Hart, Gin Stevens, Buck Shanty, Annie Terrazo.

 

2011 Curate NYC, Online exhibition, Curated by Danielle Burns, African American Library at the Gregory School and the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) in Houston, TX. Exhibition presented online at curatenyc.org. Danielle Burns chose social and politically informed works for her selections. Works by Aisha Cousins, Damali Abrams, Dianne Smith, Erik Von Ploennies, Erika Pettersen, Fanny Allié, Felandus Thames, Ford Allen, Francine LeClercq, Hanif Abdur-Rahim, Hernease Davis, Jasmine Murrell,

Kimberly Mayhorn, Kirsti Itameri,MaryKate Maher, Michael Forbes, Monica Velez, Philip Bell, Vadis Turner.

 

 

2011 Punk Rock and Other Toys, Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibition curated by Buck Shanty. Works by Ford Allen, Thaddeus Strode, Nicole Panter, Buck Shanty, Monk Rock, Shark Toof.

 

2010 *stop the world and let me off, Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA. Installation of profoundly studip word art.

 

2008 Think Tank, Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY September 19th-November 4th. An exhibition dealing with all things political in honor of the upcoming election.

 

2007 fovea, Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA November 17-24. Group show of mostly LA artists, many from the curated white columns artist registry. The show/opening itself is the social sculpture of the artwork.

 

2007 Modes of Disclosure, Form and Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN July 5-Aug. 9. Group show that takes a fresh look at the matrix of sexual identity.

 

2007 them., Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA June 30, one-night-only happenings with LA artists and musicians

 

2007 Fart Basel, Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA May 19-June 15 Group show of great fartistes from the left and right coasts.

 

2005 Summary. Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA, July 29-Sept 4. Group show of Los Angeles based artists. Exhibited recent figure paintings on rusted metal surfaces.

 

2003 *Paintings and Sculpture, David Allen Gallery, 331 Smith St. Bklyn, NY, March 5- April 27, 2003. Selected oil paintings and bronze sculpture.

 

2000 *Epicycle, 8 Beach Street, NYC, Oct. 8-21 2000.Oil paintings from the epicycle series.

 

1999 White Columns, Outer Boroughs, Sept. 10-Oct 17, 1999 Artists living and working in the boroughs outside of Manhattan.Curated by Paul Ha and Lauren Ross.

 

1996 Cooper Union , Jan. 16-Feb. 17, 1996, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, New York, NY. Curated by Stephen Haller, Lisa Lawley and Richard Vine.

 

1994 *Art in Anonymity, Jan. 28- Feb. 28,1994, Ward Melville Gallery, SUNY Stony Brook, NY. Curated by Kirsten Stanton.

 

MFA exhibition, Feb. 2-26, 1994, University Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook. Curated by Rhonda Cooper.

 

CAA exhibition, Feb. 11-March 11, 1994, Hunter College Studio Gallery, NYC.

 

1993 *MILK, Oct. 10-24, 1993, Theater One Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, NY.

 

1992 *Art absorbs normal unhappiness, Oct. 2-26,1992,Ward Melville Gallery, SUNY, Stony Brook.

 

*Shadrack, July 1992, installation, Staller Center, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY.

 

1990 Members exhibit, Dec. 1990, Hopper House, Nyack, NY.

 

1989 National Arts Club, Jan. 1989, National Arts Club, New York, NY.

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Photography, Hetrick Martin Institute, New York, NY, Spring 1997. Taught high school students photography at the Harvey Milk School.

 

Portfolio Preparation Workshops, School of Visual Arts, NYC, Fall 1994-Spring 1997. Conducted over 300 portfolio preparation workshops for high school students and teachers . Lectured on the importance of art history, observational work and visual thinking.

 

Figure Drawing, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 1993-1994.

 

Figure Drawing, University Crafts Center, Stony Brook, Fall 1991, Spring 1992, Summer 1992.

 

Figure Watercolor, University Crafts Center, Stony Brook, Summer 1993.

 

Figure Painting and Drawing, Cooper Union, Saturday Program, Spring 1989.

 

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

Manager, Bay Street Arts, Los Angeles, CA 2008-present.Coordinate exhibitions, facilities maintenance, design and leasing at Bay Street Arts. For more details visit http://sites.google.com/site/artist...

 

Gallery Director, Fluxco, downtown Los Angeles, CA 2005-present.Oversee all aspects of the gallery and website operation, including selecting the emerging artists for solo and group exhibition, developing an exhibit schedule, coordinating staff and interns, executing marketing and promotion, leading collector/customer relations, organizing targeted collector events, handling all budgeting, accounting, installation and maintenance of the gallery. The gallery website is http://sites.google.com/site/fluxco...

 

Gallery Director, David Allen Gallery, Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 1999-2006.I worked with Herman Miller for the Home and Knoll Furniture to coordinate exhibitions of emerging artists and designers whose work related the marriage of art and design. I managed all aspects of the gallery, website and corporate relations. I initiated a gallery annex that contained artist flat files of works on paper and photography from hundreds of local artist and designers. Coordinated and managed a database of all visitors, collectors, and customers for marketing and promotion. I still use this list for related events.

 

Gallery Director/Store Manager, Fluxco, 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 1997-1999.Conceptualized as a retail sculpture, the first Fluxco was a wonderful curio shop of functional found objects. It was a mix of hip vintage store and 18th century visual archive. Fluxco was a visual museum of family photos, ephemera, antique fabrics, hand-crank phonographs, 1970’s plastic furniture, tramp art, paintings, hippy sculpture, and high design. The store was half installation and half treasure hunt. I shared the space with like minded artists and designers. We all participated in every aspect of the sales, marketing, and display of the space.

 

Admissions Counselor, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 1994-1999.This position required a heavy travel schedule to colleges and high schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, from Delaware to New York. I gave portfolio presentations workshops to interested artists where I reviewed the work of a dozen excellent portfolios during slide presentations. Executed marketing and promotion goals for enrollment. Conducted portfolio reviews at college fairs and on site at SVA as part of the application process. I awarded scholarships to dozens of outstanding students from the Mid-Atlantic region from 1994 to 1999.

 

Director, Summer High School Program, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 1998.I was the director of the summer high school program where I developed the curriculum, hired the teachers, chose the students, awarded scholarships and coordinated housing and events for over 100 young artists that spend the summer in NYC.

 

Assistant to the Performance Art Series Director, Stage Manager, Video Editor, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris. "The Space Between Saints", Spring 1994, "Say What: the 1993 Biennial Performance/Theater Project", Feb. - June 1993. I was essentially the stage manager for this performance art series at the Whitney’s branch at Phillip Morris. I assisted the director in all aspects of the production from 1993 to 1994.

 

Preparator, the Galleries at Cooper Union, 1988-1990. As a gallery assistant I helped curate and install several large exhibitions in the Houghton Gallery at Cooper Union as well as building-wide exhibitions of student work at the end of each year. We also managed several smaller galleries throughout the campus on a regular basis.

 

 

 

Recent Exhibits

Ford Allen participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2009 Playgroup art happening
Fluxco
 
Sep, 2008 Think Tank
Clara M. Eagle Gallery
 
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