Stuart Allen is an artist whose work deals with fundamental elements of perception such as light, time, gravity and space. He has shown photographs, kites and sculpture in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is found in many private and public collections including the Tokyo Kite Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the DiRosa Art Preserve, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and U.S. Embassy collections in Canada, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Georgia. Allen has completed permanent public art commissions for the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada and the Police Headquarters building in Davis, CA. His work has been published in a variety of books and journals including: Picturing California’s Other Landscape: the Great Central Valley, Terra Nova: Nature and Culture, You Are Here: the Journal of Creative Geography, Zyzzyva and Artweek. Allen has lectured or served as a visiting artist at many fine institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Weisman Art Museum, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a number of university art departments nationwide. Allen studied architecture at Kansas University and graduated from the photography and video department of the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. He lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Kelly Lyons, their daughter Aidan and son Vincent. Allen is represented by the following galleries: PDNB, Dallas, TX; JayJay, Sacramento, CA; Jan Manton Art, Brisbane, Australia; Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO.
Stuart Allen, artist, photographer, sculptor, public art, kite, kite maker, art consultant, Jayjay, haw contemporary, pdnb gallery, science and art
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New Book: The Altered Lanscape

The Nevada Art Museum exhibition The Altered Landscape is accompanied by a comprehensive, 288-page publication published by Skira Rizzoli that examines the collection’s roots in the 1970s New Topographics movement and highlights recent photographic acquisitions in this rapidly changing field. Edited by Ann M. Wolfe with writings by Lucy Lippard, Geoff Manaugh and W. J. T. Mitchell. Work from the Night Lines series is included in the publication.

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more time on lifts

As a result of many overhead installations, I’ve become a connoisseur of scissor and mast lifts. Genie and SkyJack seem to be the dominant manufacturers – I give the slight edge to Genie. The scissor-style lift generally offers a larger platform which means someone else can drive while I tie knots or crimp cables.

New Installation

37° 48′ 29″ N ~ 96° 52′ 52″ W, 2010
pvc coated polyester, stainless steel, laminated ash and cherry
each piece: 14′ 3″ x 6′ 1″ x 5′ 4″, overall: approx. 24′ x 24′ x 10′
permanent installation: Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas

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New Book – The River Spectacular

The San Antonio River Foundation is the non-profit that funded the public artwork for San Antonio’s new Museum Reach of the Riverwalk. The impact they made on the Museum Reach project was nothing short of astonishing given their small staff and the very short construction schedule. They are a fantastic, efficient organization with ambitious goals for the continued expansion of the Riverwalk.


Hidden Treasures – PDNB Gallery, Dallas, TX

February 20 – May 1, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 20, 2010, From 5 – 8 PM
Artists: Stuart Allen, Peter Brown, Sara Charles worth, Barbara Ess, David Graham, William Greiner, John Herrin, Misty Keasler, Sandy Skoglund, Neal Slavin, Chris Verene

PDNB Gallery
| 1202 Dragon Street | Suite 103 | Dallas | TX | 75207

San Antonio Riverwalk installation

29° 25´ 57˝ N / 98° 29´ 13˝ W and 29° 26′ 00″ N / 98° 29′ 07″ W, 2009
stainless steel tubing, stainless steel mesh, powder-coating
each 40′ x 45′ x 10′

These are permanent pieces on the San Antonio Riverwalk, commissioned by the San Antonio River Foundation in 2008, installed in 2009. The work consists of suspended, stainless steel panels – each enclosing five layers of woven, architectural mesh. The three inner layers of mesh are treated with a powder-coated color. As visitors move by the installations on foot, bicycle or riverboat, the panels change color due to the viewer’s shifting perspective. The project’s 24-color palette was selected from photographs taken along the San Antonio River by my kids, Aidan and Vincent (4 1/2 and 1 1/2 when the snapshots were made).

For more information and photographs of the finished piece you can view the work here. More installation and fabrication photographs can be viewed here.

New Installation

This is a permanent installation in a hospital lobby, the Kaiser Permanente Women and Children’s Center in Roseville, California.

Each suspended piece is 6’7″ x 4’9″ x 2′ 2″. They are hanging from a single piece of 1/16″ stainless cable and a low-friction swivel, so they rotate with the interior air currents of the room. The lobby is approximately 25′ x 25′ x 25′.

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