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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.
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30 Minutes of Air

30 Minutes of Air: each kite 398 cubic inches, the approximate volume of air I breathe in one minute at rest, 2008
sailcloth, fiberglass, string,
each piece: 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ overall: approx. 12′ x 9′ x 3′
permanent installation: South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, San Antonio, TX

Commissioned for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 30 Minutes of Air is a consideration of respiration, rhythm and the passage of time. As the title suggests, each kite encloses a space equivalent to the artist’s tidal volume over the course of one minute: 30 Kites = 30 Minutes of Air.

– Tidal volume is the volume of air inspired or expired in a single breath during regular breathing.
– 13 breaths per minute at approx. 30.63 cu. inches = 398.19 cu. inches per minute.

Aluminum and Cable

One to Two, 2007
aluminum, stainless steel cable
75″ x 45″ x 25″

One to One and a Half, 2007
aluminum, stainless steel cable
75″ x 45″ x 25″

60 Minutes of Air

60 Minutes of Air: each 398 cubic inches, the volume of air I breathe in one minute at rest, 2008
sailcloth, fiberglass, string
each piece: 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″
overall: approx. 16′ x 8′ x 6′
temporary installation: JayJay, Sacramento, CA

Sailcloth installations

35° 41′ 01″ N ~ 105° 56′ 49″ W, 2007
sailcloth, string
228″ x 216″ x 12″
installation: Ursa Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

38° 34′ 20″ N / 121° 25′ 50″ W, 2002
sailcloth, string
180″ x 132″ x 120”
installation: JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, CA

33° 39′ 44″ N / 117° 59′ 55″ W, 2002
sailcloth, string
204″ x 180″ x 120”
installation: Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA

29° 28′ 58″ N ~ 98° 30′ 1″ W, 2007
sailcloth, string
138″ x 150″ x 180”
installation: Finesilver Galler, San Antonio, TX

Air and Water Kites

A Kite for Flying in Water, 2007
aluminum, stainless steel, string,
25″ x 38″ x 3″

A Kite for Flying in Air, 2007
sailcloth, maple, string,
25″ x 38″ x 3″


Seven, 2007
sailcloth, aluminum, turnbuckles, stainless cable
72″ x 138″ x 11″
temporary installations: Gensler Architects, Houston, TX and Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Box Kite: 23,890 Cubic Inches

Box Kite: 23,890 cu. Inches: Approximate Volume of Air I Breathe in One Hour (at rest), 2007
sailcloth, maple, spruce, stainless hardware
28.8″ x 28.8″ x 28.8″

Excerpt from a review by Michael Abetemarco, THE Magazine

… Consider Allen’s Box Kite: 23,890 cu. inches / Approximate Volume of Air / Breathe in One Hour (at rest), which is exactly what it says it is: the approximate volume of breath produced in one hour while at rest expressed in cubic inches. This information has no bearing on whether or not it can actually be flown, but like his other kites, including one designed for flying under water, it probably can. But Box Kite brings us back to the idea of constructs as the extension of breath and voice, which also have measurable qualities.

Allen’s work puts us in mind of the symbiotic relationship of man-made machines with the temporal conditions that enable their use, but with an inherent respect for the conditions themselves: ever changing despite attempts to measure and contain them.

For the complete article click here.

Mixing Chamber

Mixing Chamber, 2008
Collaboration with Potter-Belmar Labs: Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens
sailcloth, steel tubing, string, video projections and sound
approx. 140 x 40 x 15 ft.
temporary installation: San Antonio Art Museum

Introductory text courtesy of San Antonio Art Museum:

This installation is a new collaborative work by Stuart Allen and Potter-Belmar Labs (Leslie Raymond & Jason Jay Stevens). Using tall fabric screens, three channels of video projected on the screens, and multi-channel audio, the artists have created a large mixing chamber, with audio and video signals overlapping and combining within the space. Conceptually, the installation functions like a giant luminaria made using the tools of the 21st century, rather than from the traditional wax candle.

Designed specifically for the Cowden Gallery, the installation is a natural collusion of the work of these artists. Allen has constructed a series of vertical screens in a similar vein to his current installation, 29° 26′ 14″ N ~ 98° 28′ 55″ W, installed just below the ceiling in the Museum’s Great Hall. The temporal elements of this installation are characteristic of Potter-Belmar Labs’ audiovisual performance works. The video is comprised of three different projections, one red, one green, and one blue. When the colored lights overlap, they create the new and surprising colors from the light-mixing palette. The accompanying sounds result from a mixture of various tonalities moving in and out of synchronization with each other.


Bend, 2007
ash, cherry, string, stainless cable and hardware,
80″ x 36″ x 2″

29° 26′ 14″ N ~ 98° 28′ 55″ W

29° 26′ 14″ N ~ 98° 28′ 55″ W, 2007
sailcloth, maple, string
59 x 41 x 4 ft.
temporary installation: San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

29° 26′ 14″ N ~ 98° 28′ 55″ W is a site specific installation for the Great Hall of the San Antonio Museum of Art. The title indicates the latitude and longitude coordinates of the site. Nine twisting bands of heavyweight sailcloth stretch east to west across the width of the Hall. Lit almost exclusively by overhead skylights and windows on the north and south facades, the piece is designed to call attention to the ever-changing color, direction and intensity of daylight.

For more information about this piece, please click here for an essay by SAMA curator David Rubin.