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The aging books and color swatches can be transformed into scenes by meticulous incisions and methodical folds. Thomas Allen’s paper cutouts. Having loved pop-up books and shoebox dioramas since childhood, the artist cultivates a passion for “manufactured realities.”
“The vintage paperback work happened by complete accident,” Allen shares. “I was cutting into a pulp novel one afternoon with the intent of removing the illustration completely when I noticed that if I left some areas attached, folded the parts carefully, and looked at them from a single vantage point so that everything aligned, they created the illusion of 3D pop-ups. Everything snowballed from there.”
By photocopying the pages that he intends using, the Coloma artist can make test cutsouts of possible compositions before moving on the final product. He then photographs the iterations while taking into consideration light and angle.
Allen spends his remaining time as a public lecturer, township clerk and a township clerk. He is looking forward working with Joseph Bellows GalleryThe next few months. His website has more information and updates. WebsiteFollow him on Instagram.
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