b. 1970, USA

Alma Allen Artworks

When carving or casting, Alma Allen makes his giant, lopsided tuber-like forms with spontaneous shifts in direction and with maquettes instead of preparatory drawings. He prefers not to give them titles and explores different scales and shiny patinas or gritty surface textures, as in Not Yet Titled (2014), Untitled (2013), Not Yet Titled (2019), and Not Yet Titled (2020).

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Relying on the sensitivity of clay when pressured by his fingertips, to create larger works he designed a robot for his Mexican studio as an extension of his (now failing) arm.

Often made as smaller prototypes when Allen was homeless, his strangely Surrealist works as polished bronzes hint at vulnerability and sensitivity, alluding to brittle ancient shells, writhing pods, ossified but striated viscera, and internal mental pain.

Although abstract, the artist's sculptures are richly allusive. They seem weightless, suggesting the convulsive and airborne together—and having an unusual corporeal anxiety very different from modernist sculptors like Constantin Brancusi or Isamu Noguchi, who embrace a purer, less bodily, more pristine form of geometry.

Allen often makes functional domestic craft objects as well as contemplative sculpture, these also having much attention devoted to surface detail.

Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2019 Bronze
54 x 61 x 53.3 cm
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2017 Cantera verde de Oaxaca
88.9 x 50.8 x 48.3 cm
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2017 Bronze
38.1 x 35.6 x 36.8 cm
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2016 Bronze
6 1/2 x 11 x 10 1/2 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2016 Bronze
5 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2016 Claro walnut
33 x 33 x 27 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2016 Sodalite
9 x 7.5 x 8.5 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2013-14 Burnt poderosa pine
88 x 42 x 31 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Yule marble, cedar pedestal
81 x 63 x 14 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Bronze
16 x 6 x 16.5 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Marble
5.75 x 11.36 x 6.6 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Black and red marble
8.5 x 18 x 8 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Black and red marble
20 x 11.6 x 15.6 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Bronze
134 x 56 x 29 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Bronze
17.24 x 18.5 x 7 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Black and red marble, cedar pedestal
28 x 24 x 9 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Yule marble
18.12 x 11 x 27.5 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Claro walnut
24.5 x 46 x 45 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Claro Walnut
24 x 35 x 33.5 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Bronze
5.75 x 12 x 11 inches
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Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Red travertine
59 x 58 x 29 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Claro Walnut
30.5 x 41.5 x 40 cm
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Bronze
16 x 9 x 10 inches
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Not Yet Titled by Alma Allen contemporary artwork sculpture
Alma Allen Not Yet Titled, 2014 Claro walnut
25.75 x 36.5 x 28 inches
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