Born to influential Texas artists and performers Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Bale Creek Allen has developed his own personal visual language through the use of diverse materials and mediums. He brings to our attention objects and scenes that often go unnoticed in our daily lives. Allen reconsiders these images and objects through his work, creating content and meaning that is both personal and universal.
Allen utilizes iconic images and objects often associated with Texas as his inspiration. His cast bronze tumbleweeds and roadside tire treads instill a desire in viewers to reconsider banal objects often seen through a car’s windshield. The bronzes, as well as photographs of abandoned structures and roadside trash, remind us of our indifference to things we encounter daily. His most recent images are large-scale photographs of schools and prison—when purposely inverted and juxtaposed they become indistinguishable from one another. At first glance his ceramic longhorn mounts appear no different than those one would encounter in a Texas honky-tonk. Closer inspection reveals the horns are carefully crafted ceramic on carefully crafted mounts, or coupled together using a common plumbing connection—transforming and transporting ordinary objects into the realm of art.
Allen has a gift of considering the ordinary to create objects that are intriguing and thoughtful. More importantly, his works invite us to consider where we have been, where we are, and where we might be headed.
My America is supported in part by Dr. Justin & Ellie Cormack, Brenda & Glenn Picquet, Michaela & Holland Smith and The Moody Foundation.