Psychologically charged and compulsively expressive, Alma Allen’s works evoke a curiosity regarding the life of objects and the ways in which form and material can circumnavigate the utility of language. Known for his distillation of diverse organic references, the artist’s works, now on display at Kasmin Gallery, simultaneously invite and resist classification.
Kasmin Gallery presents its first solo exhibition of work by sculptor Alma Allen. The presentation brings together 12 large-scale works realized in bronze, wood, and stone. Responding to the architecture of the gallery, Allen demonstrates unprecedented ambition in the artworks’ scale.
Often realized in materials hand-selected from quarries or foraged from landscapes in the area surrounding his studio, the works emit a mysterious and ineffable lifeforce. The abstracted, biomorphic shapes feel talismanic not only in their atmospheric qualities but also by way of their playfulness: bronze sculptures appear impossibly malleable, even liquid; wood grain patterns are accented to highlight their material history, and stones such as peach onyx, pale green Cantera, and obsidian vibrate with a sense of mysticism.
Whichever medium Alma Allen chooses, the works’ final forms and their particular outcrops and eccentricities are conjured by the artist during their making, born of a wordless conversation between sculptor and object.
You can discover more about Alma Allen‘s exhibition at Kasmin Gallery from January 23, until March 4th, 2020, at 509 West 27th Street.