Alma Allen‘s bold takeover of Kasmin’s gallery and garden in New York is turning heads and catching attention around the globe. This art exhibition is the artist’s first dedicated to large-scale outdoor sculptures. Curious to see his brilliant bronze creations? Fortunately, I Lobo You is here to tell you everything, enjoy!
Created in Allen’s studio in Mexico, these sculptures are his latest works, and at a glance, they might seem living creatures, as they are imbued with organic, surreal, and creature-like characteristics.
The sculptures can be found both inside and outdoors at Kasming gallery in New York. Visible to all who pass on New York City’s popular pedestrian road, High Line, the artworks evoke curiosity about the life of objects and the ways form and material can transform the utility of language.
Kamin Gallery represents the American artist since 2019, and ever since the director, Nick Olney and Allen have been planning this art exhibition. Allen’s connection with nature arises from a childhood spent in Utah, where closeness to the desert allowed him the chance to roam, whittle wood, and hand-carve stones that he stumbled upon.
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The sculptures are often in the act of doing something: they are going away, or leaving, or interacting with something invisible. Even though they seem static as objects, they are not static in my mind. In my mind, they are part of a much larger universe. They are interacting with each other as well, with works I made 20 years ago.Alma Allen
The artist started his career by hand-sculpting intimately scaled model clay or wax forms, and he works on these sculptures until each one has a life of its own. In this art exhibition, small-scale meets monumental, exhibiting the versatility and ambition of Allen’s work. The forms and shape of the sculptures only tell half of the story. The choice of different finishes includes welding smaller pieces together, brazing, polishing, and developing chemical patinas until surfaces almost resemble paintings, or even rippling landscapes.
I like to capture things in between, that they are still progressing beyond the moment I make them, I’m interested in that split second. They are a moment in the life of something rather than a symbol for something, they are more a symbol for an idea or feeling.Alma Allen