Gaillardia pulchella and Lupinus texensis
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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Gaillardia pulchella and Lupinus texensis

Lupinus texensis (Texas Bluebonnet), 2013
auto-animating panels: fritted glass, acrylic, ink, l.e.d. light source
3 panels: each 48 x 48 inches

Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket), 2013
auto-animating panels: fritted glass, acrylic, ink, l.e.d. light source
4 panels: each 16 x 56 inches

Permanent Installation: Trinity University, Center for Sciences and Innovation

The colors embedded in these auto-animating panels are drawn from Texas native wildflowers: Gaillardia pulchella and Lupinus texensis. The artist extracted single points of color from photographs of the flowers to build the palettes for the artwork. The assembly of each frame includes a layer of ceramic fritted glass, an array of thin colored lines printed on a layer of clear acrylic, a light diffusion layer, and an l.e.d. light source. The precise relationship between the frequency of the printed colors and the fritted lines of the glass layer results in the color shifting phenomenon you witness as you move past the panels.