Thomas Allen, New Releases, Foley, 2006

Thomas Allen, New Releases, Foley, 2006


This catalogue accompanies Allen's exhibition "New Releases". Inspired by a View-master and "pop-up" books as a child, Allen became interested in recreating these three-dimensional experiences by using old 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. They are brought to life from their pages and covers with detailed lighting and a thin focus. Pulled and positioned, their intended drama comes to life. In his newest body of work, Allen explores more detailed narratives involving love triangles and relationships accentuated with moments of voyeurism, homoeroticism, and unrequited love.
Paperback, 5 x 7 inches, 34 pages $10.00 Signed

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Thomas Allen, Uncovered, Aperture Foundation, 2007

Thomas Allen, Uncovered, Aperture Foundation, 2007


Foreword by Chip Kidd

Thomas Allen selects the pulpiest of pulp paperbacks and then lovingly slices out a figure from the cover, gently folds it into position, and constructs a witty scene around it. In Thirst, a sultry dame reaches from her cover toward a guy with a bottle on a nearby volume; in Teeter a man careens toward the edge of a stack of paperbacks ready to topple.

Inspired by a love of pop-up books, Allen revels in taking on different roles in creating his scenarios: "In addition to being a photographer, I play talent scout, casting director, stage manager, lighting supervisor, and film editor." He photographs these engaging tableaux in shallow focus, rendering his prints with the dreamy effect seen in the View-Master stereoscopic toy that also inspired him.

Well suited to the three-dimensional heft of a board book, the images in Uncovered are combined into an almost toylike object that will delight photography lovers, graphic designers, and bibliophiles with a sense of humor.
$35.00 Signed

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