Allenworks was made to encompass all the bodies of work I create. As an artist I have worked to learn how to make anything that I can imagine. This journey lead me to seek out industrial processes to work with the salvaged materials that find me. It can be hard to explain what I do in a few words or even in a few pages. For the most part I make art every day. I will be writing more about each of the pieces that I make in the coming days. I hope that this will give you incite to what I do. Feel free to send me messages and ask any questions you might have.
I know it sounds odd, but often I spend more time making my canvases than painting the final piece of art. The reason for this is that I really try to use only salvaged materials in my work. For many years I have been making my canvases from salvaged upholstery from furniture stores. These pieces of fabric are not large and none are the same texture , pattern, or color. I take this fabric and sew them in to long strips. once I have a dozen or more depending on the size needed. They are stretched individually and woven together to make on surface. This is quite time consuming and hard to stretch like you would a normal canvas. The process isn't over yet. I need to apply dozens of coats of paint to create a stable and some what consistent surface. Often this takes a month or more of paint and dry time. I do this for many reasons. The first is because not one of my canvases are the same. The second is the surface holds a incredible amount of texture that must be examined. The last reason is because I want each piece I make to be the only one like it in the world. I'm not sure if what I do matters to many or that anyone really cares, but to me this is a huge part of my art.
Naked Cellphone Photos book
In 2014, I created a photography show called “Naked Cellphone Photos”. The show was composed of photos taken by me of people that actively take and share nude photos online. I spent two years photographing twenty-two people. The project became much more then what I had planned. This is the base for my book “Naked Cellphone Photos”. I compiled the photographs and stories of the people in a photo book. The project took on many subjects that are common in the world today, but are not talked about, like sexting, safety in a digital world, and why people share themselves in such an open and raw way with strangers yet hide themselves in everyday life. As with the original project the book took on a new life by guiding me to new places and outlooks. The book became a completely new project with many new trials and turns. The base of the book is the photos, but the stories and the people will created a connection that I feel was needed to really understand the scope of the project.
For the base of this project I spent two years photographing and documenting people that I met through the internet. All the people I photographed actively photograph themselves and share the photos with other people on many digital platforms. In trying to show something that is very public and very private, I learned many of the issues that people overlook and often do not want to talk about. The book “Naked Cellphone Photos” allowed me to explore a subject and hopefully bring it to a wider audience.
My hope for this project is that people will be able to see the beauty in the moments that I have documented without judgement. The people in this project shared something that was very private, and I would like to share that with the world. This subject is something that everyone must deal with in the digital world and there is no one group of people that participate in taking and sharing naked photos. Most of the research that has been done on the subject has focused on younger age groups, but there is no one age, race, sex or social economic group that is involved. We must look deeper at our world.
Please feel free to email me to ask questions about this project. I am also starting the second part of the project and am now working on finding men and women to be photographed.