filed under: artists, photography
update: the aperture foundation will be releasing uncovered, a published book of photographs from thomas, on september 1st!Â
minnesota artist tom allen’s photographs are inspired by his childhood experiences with pop-up books and viewmaster reels. he cuts two-dimensional figures and images out ofÂ old books, and combines them with vintage pulp fiction novels,Â to create three-dimensional scenes.
once he’s formed theÂ three-dimensional art objects, thomas reinvents them again as two-dimensional ones in his lively photographs.
allen carefully directs these paperÂ cut-out “actors” to exude humor,Â pathos and passion in a suspended moment of time.
his work is vividly imaginative,Â nostalgic, andÂ dramatic.
thomas’ work has been exhibited from coast to coast. see a broad selection ofÂ it at the foley gallery.