Archive for February, 2009

Wish

Posted in Photography on February 28, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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A collector in Greece recently purchased two of my prints for her husband’s 30th birthday (I KNOW!). It seems that he saw the story about me in Patek Philippe a while back and has been a fan ever since. Because they were gifts, the client asked if I would be willing to make a birthday card to go with them. I thought  a self-portrait would be nice. Happy Birthday Nikos!

[ NOTE: I blurred the special birthday wish, written in Greek, that I was asked to include to insure that this card remains one-of-a-kind]

Milan

Posted in Photography on February 27, 2009 by Thomas Allen


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I’ve been invited to participate in a group show at 1000 eventi gallery (Milan), opening April 18. I am delighted to be in the company of Jay Batlle (sculpture), Melissa Kretschmer (collage), Christopher Michlig (collage/sculpture/video), Will Turner (collage) and Andrea Mastrovito (btw – another Foley artist) who will create a paper garden installatoin using flower books (OUCH! I think my toes are being stepped on).

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March Madness

Posted in Photography on February 13, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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The March issue of Harper’s is about to hit the stands (if it hasn’t done so already) — markng my 4th appearance in the magazine since 2005. I was a bit overwhelmed when the request came in, but to be honest, I can never say , “No” to Stacey or Alyssa. With less than a week to come up with 4 illustrations for a piece on the Frankfurt Book Fair, my only option was to work with what I had on-hand (in regards to source material). I decided to keep things minimal by shaping the visuals from non-printed book cloth. 

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The exception to the rule is the final image. To make reference to the fair’s lavish buffets, silhouettes were sliced and lifted from the not-so-lavish covers of two old Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks.  
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 My copies of the magazine arrived today and, as always, the reproductions and layout look terrific. The text of the article itself has been distorted out of respect for Harper’s and its readers. 

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Awestruck

Posted in Exhibitions, Photography on February 12, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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This is a poster advertising my show at Ogilvy New York. This piece of visual genius is the work of art director, Dustin Copeland, who cut the books himself (a true man after my own heart). As I sit here with a goofy and awestruck grin on my face, I find myself wishing I were there when Dustin put this together. I, of all people, respect the fact that making something this painstakingly perfect is, by no means, an easy feat. I would have enjoyed watching the setup process to see if he had to fight (like I often do) with any of the books to keep them from falling over. Regardless, Dustin is my new best friend and I certainly hope we have a chance to meet face-to-face one day.

Hold on—I’m not finished yet.

I must thank Jun Lee, curator at Ogilvy New York. She is responsible for the putting the show together which, in turn, led to the poster. Thank you!

UPDATE
Thomas Allen show currently showing at Ogilvy NY World Wide Plaza 7th FL

Time Keeper

Posted in Photography on February 12, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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A few weeks ago, my daughter received a “Make Your Own Clock” kit-in-a-can from grandma for her birthday. We sat down to put it together on Sunday and I promptly tossed the instructions after reading the first line: “After marking the center, drill a 3/8 inch hole in the lid of the can.” Who in their right mind would find joy in putting clock parts on the package they came in?

I went down the basement to find a more suitable substrate. When I came back, my daughter’s attention was focused on Play-Doh and Littlest Pet Shop Pets, thus leaving me to finish the job alone. I have Jody Churchfield at O Magazine to thank for the book!

Progress [I]

Posted in Photography on February 4, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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With two weeks left until their first project is due, my Kendall students have been amazing me with their progress. A few of them have agreed to share what they have so far and I’m pleased to post them.

****February 4th, 2009****
Here are two more that arrived today:

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SLEIGHT OF HAND

Posted in Photography on February 4, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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Last month, I received a request from Portfolio Magazine to create sample images to accompany an article about investment firms and hidden cash. The art director loved the Photoshop composites that I submitted, but the editors chose to go with a headshot of a portfolio manager instead. Regardless, I enjoyed the opportunity and was compensated with a handsome “kill” fee.

LOOKING SHARP

Posted in Photography on February 4, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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I apologize for not posting this sooner. This is a fully-exposed image hinted at in an earlier post.

CHRISTMAS PAST

Posted in Photography on February 4, 2009 by Thomas Allen

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I got a crazy idea this past Christmas to email a different image of ‘something’ for 12 days to everyone on my mailing list. My initial plan was to don hideous Christmas sweaters, but after doing the math, the sticker shock had me putting them back on the rack. Besides, Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are a better venue. So, I wandered around the thrift store until it hit me — 12 DAYS OF TASTELESS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS! Here is a full recap:

DAY ONE
Painted Pasta Tree with Chinette and Parkay tub base

DAY TWO
Big Bottomed Bell Ringer

DAY THREE
Platinum Blonde Angel with Blue Eyeshadow (picture the look on the Thrift Store employee’s face when I plopped this pretty thing down on the counter!)

DAY FOUR
Scum-filled snow globe (half empty)

DAY FIVE
Maimed cardboard reindeer cutout

DAY SIX
Inebriated ceramic Santa head with light-up nose

DAY SEVEN
Two blind caroling candles

DAY EIGHT
Vintage Greeting Card—This is printed proof that if he sees you when you’re sleeping (and he likes what he sees) he’s sure to call you when you’re awake. Better watch out!

DAY NINE
Horrified Girl with Wreath

DAY TEN
Metrosexual Santa with black platform boots and matching bag

DAY ELEVEN
One-eyed partridge pot holder—minus pear tree

DAY TWELVE
A snowman head shoved onto a green, wooden pickup stick
with matching wood base. Its tinsel-accented “body” resembles
a pre-fertilized ovum (don’t believe me, look it up). A festive
poinsettia collar pulls it all together!

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