Photographer Thomas Allen at the Foley Gallery
A relatively new photography focused gallery.. Gallery owner, Michael Foley, has already put together a group of up and coming young talent.
The Gallery also just started up it's very own blog oh no..!! Not another new gallery with a blog!!
In the Foley Gallery's latest show by Thomas Allen, Thomas has created staged photographs using vintage paperbacks books where he turned them into mini-film noir stills.. We found it very creative.
Many of his photo's even show the original paperback spline, title and author.
Most impressive was that Thomas has done all this with the use of no digital, or post-camera effects. Just using a little tape, wire, straight pins, and creative lighting he creates pop-up book style adult scenes. (photo #1, Maneater, 2006)
I know it's a stretch.. But, some of these even remind us of Cindy Sherman's Film Stills, just with 1950's technicolor, and much more
male Hitchcock style.
The results are both funny, provocative and at times out right sexy. We found the work refreshing.
So it's no surprise the prestegious Aperture Foundation is publishing a book of Thomas' work in the fall..called.. what else but... Uncovered. There are more Thomas Allen images here.. So, What do you think?? Love it? Hate it? Seen it all before?
$2,000 for a 20 x 24" chromogenic print in an edition of 10
$4,000 for the larger 30" x 40" size in an edition of 5. (Photo #2, Distraction, 2006)
It's a show worth checking out this weekend if you're not
lucky enough to be already on your way to Photo L.A.
There's also a nice story by Jean Dykstra about Thomas Allen's work in ART ON PAPER this month.
The Thomas Allen show is open at the Foley Gallery at 547 W 27th street, 5th floor until March 3rd.