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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.
Stuart Allen, artist, photographer, sculptor, public art, kite, kite maker, art consultant, Jayjay, haw contemporary, pdnb gallery, science and art
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37° 48′ 29″ N ~ 96° 52′ 52″ W

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

Three individual forms are suspended from the ceiling and move with the lobby’s interior air currents.

San Antonio Riverwalk Installations

29° 25′ 57″ N / 98° 29′ 13″ W, 2009
stainless steel tubing, stainless steel mesh, powder-coating
40′ x 45′ x 10′

29° 26′ 00″ N / 98° 29′ 07″ W, 2009
stainless steel tubing, stainless steel mesh, powder-coating
40′ x 45′ x 10′

permanent installations: San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

29° 25′ 57″ N / 98° 29′ 13″ W and 29° 26′ 00″ N / 98° 29′ 07″ W are permanent installations along the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. 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 the artist’s children Aidan and Vincent (4 1/2 and 1 1/2 when the snapshots were made).

Installed at the McCullough and Brooklyn Avenue underpasses, the project is part of a significant public initiative to expand the San Antonio Riverwalk. Funding for multiple public art commissions along the 1.5 mile development was provided by the San Antonio River Foundation.

35 Minutes of Air

35 Box Kites: each 398 cubic inches, the volume of air I breathe in one minute at rest, 2009
sailcloth, fiberglass, string
each kite: 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″ x 7 3/8″,
overall: 60″ x 60″ x 60″
temporary installation: Gensler Architects, Houston, TX


Parallax, 2009
UV ink on 1/2″ acrylic, fabric screen
each panel: 60″ x 60″, overall dimensions: approx. 20′ x 10′ x 9′

temporary installation: Artpace, San Antonio, TX
permanent installation: University of Texas, San Antonio

For more information please click here for an artist’s statement.

38° 44′ 48″ N ~ 121° 14′ 54″ W

38° 44′ 48″ N ~ 121° 14′ 54″ W, 2009
ash, cherry, pvc coated polyester, string
each piece: 6’7″ x 4’9″ x 2′ 2″
overall: approx. 15′ x 15′ x 14′

permanent installation: Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Women and Children’s Center, Roseville, CA

The three suspended kite forms rotate freely with the air movement in the hospital lobby.


An extension of the Baja series, all images are pixels extracted from the sky section of photographs taken in different parts of the world. The origin of the original photograph is indicated in small text along the bottom of the print.

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.

Paper Bag Kites

A project inspired by a grocery bag. In 2007, the Texas-based Central Market stores began using a paper bag bearing a clever little narrative about how the bag would like to be made into a kite. Ranging in size from 18 in. to over 6 ft. tall, these kites are constructed from those paper bags. All are based on traditional kite designs: some Eastern, some Western.

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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