Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Elena Allen

27 Jul

Now Be Here: Elena Allen #62

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Elena Allen

From Elena Allen:

Elena Allen’s mountainscapes, oceanscapes, cityscapes, roadscapes are suffused with the light and vibrant colors of southern California where she has lived for 38 years, though they speak to insistent but suppressed memories and images of earlier times and places that still haunt her sense of life on this Pacific coast.

She is intrigued by the psychological layering that governs what she sees as a kind of meditative painting, and that is always at work deconstructing the rooftops, troubling the perspective points, establishing odd, unpredictable demarcations and boundaries. To her, unpeopled, or barely peopled, paintings are haunted in the sense that she feels constantly intrigued and challenged by the notion of painting away spirits, painting exorcistically, expelling certain images and invoking others, however playfully.

She revisions Santa Monica and its rugged surrounding mountains by reshaping visual fields and by focusing on hard-edges and the juxtaposition of planes in search of surreal or magically real effects.

Elena Allen

Schomburg Gallery

California State Senate Contemporary Art Collection

USC Hillel Gallery

The LookOut news SM

Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Elena Allen- Now Be Here LA artist #62

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