Bleicher/Golightly Gallery is pleased to present a collection of works by the German American painter Allois. The work deals with dislocation and estrangement, at times employing decidedly cute characters in innocently grotesque or strange situations. Allois’ paintings portray characters that visually embody states of mind, from the mischievous to the manic.
The occult and metaphysical themes recurring in the work call to mind the universally recognizable issue of the unknown origins of the soul, and the pre-linguistic mind. Disproportionate, malformed creatures inhabit barren landscapes, where our attention is refocused on the interrelations between characters. The figures seem alien or fantastical, but at the same time they are highly relatable. The figures evoke raw emotions in the audience by being vague to the visual senses but obvious to the spirit. These abstracted ambiguous figures allow us to project ourselves as well as reflect upon others.