Stuart Allen | Paper Sky
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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Paper Sky

Paper Sky, 2016
bond paper, wire, staples, LED lights
25′ x 12.5′ x 5′

Temporary installation: AP Art Lab, San Antonio, TX

Designed by Stuart Allen, Cade Bradshaw and Robert Amerman, Paper Sky was created by a group of 13 artists and non-artists. Participants created 18 paper modules that make up the final installation. Adhering to specific structural constraints, each module exhibits individual artistry in the variety of folds and contours. Constructed with humble materials – bond paper, wire and staples (lots and lots of staples) – the completed installation is surprisingly transformative. Building on the strength found in numbers, the group’s collective effort yields a result that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The makers of Paper Sky are friends and colleagues. This piece is made by their hands and energy. They are:

Vincent Allen-Lyons
Robert Amerman
Bryce Harlow
Alan Janzen
Megan DeMers Janzen
Kelly Lyons
Teresa Maslonka
Kristen Payne
Nick Polito
Christina Scott
Matthew Scott