FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 6 - 9 PM
JOIN US AT THE GALLERY FOR BEFORE THE OPENING FROM 5-6 PM FOR A READING BY WRITERS: CHRIS O COOK, GREG FUCHS, JOE MILLAR, CHRIS ROSS, & LAUREN RUSSELL.
GONORTH is very pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Jonathan Allen entitled “Terminal Daydream.” This is Allen’s first solo show with the gallery, and runs from July 11 to July 26, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 6 to 9 pm.
Jonathan Allen’s collages and paintings combine pop imagery, abstraction and propaganda to reflect the contradictions of our current cultural and political climate. His various media—oil/acrylic, pen and ink, pencil, and newspaper and magazine cuttings—sometimes coalesce in formal harmony, though more often they serve to diagram the breakdowns triggered by irreconcilable clashes in perspective. If culture is a language of forces operating in mixed agreement—desire, ethics, history, money, power—then the unlikely fusions in Allen’s work represent a resonant voice in the conversation of who we are now. That Allen achieves this without sacrificing either aesthetic pleasure or contextual intelligibility is a credit to his resourcefulness and care, allowing for a dense and eccentric vision that lays bare our culture’s often jagged and convoluted messages.
Jonathan Allen grew up in a family of nine in Georgia. In high school he won a scholarship to study painting in New York and now holds a BA in visual arts and art history from Columbia University. He participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space residency program and in The Bronx Museum of Art’s Artist in the Marketplace program, and has exhibited at numerous galleries in New York, including Caren Golden Fine Art, Oliver Kamm/5BE, PS122 and Exit Art. His work recently entered the Microsoft Art Collection and in 2009 was exhibited at Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant Jonathan Allen received in 2008 made the work in this exhibition possible. He lives and works in Brooklyn and Queens.
Included Image: Away we go, 2009, paint & paper on paper, 22 x 30”
Gallery hours: 12 - 6 PM Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment.