I repurpose images and materials from pop culture, current events, & everyday life into surreal dreamscapes. These dreamscapes are often fragmented & enigmatic, opening a window on our current social and cultural condition. Juxtaposition and dissonance are usually primary features of mixed media collage: the medium invites absurd jarring combinations. I'm more interested in using several media seamlessly, and emphasizing the similarities and connections between contrasted images. By rendering images in paint, pencil, ink and paper the scope of the surface and in turn its visual and thematic intricacy becomes vividly fluid—closer, I think, to our experience of the world.
Jonathan Allen holds a BA in Visual Arts/Art History from Columbia University. He has exhibited in New York at Caren Golden Fine Art, Oliver Kamm, Socrates Sculpture Park, PS122, Exit Art, Artists Space, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Rotunda Gallery, among others; and in Copenhagen at Wonderland Art Space. Allen’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Village Voice, NY Arts Magazine, and Wonderland Magazine. He is a 2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient, and is currently in residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
'Workspace' program. Brooklyn Arts Press is publishing a book of his recent collages, forthcoming in fall 2010.