Jane Ingram Allen
In 1999 Jane has been working on a series of installations using the construction site as inspiration. She is continuing to make site specific installations for various exhibitions which feature different aspects of construction. Some of the works involve the audience
"CONSTRUCTION ZONE" at Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY
Jane installed "Construction Zone," inspired by sights of construction sites, on January 31, 1999. The installation was included in the invitational exhibition "Material Sensibility" curated by Dawn Lee. The exhibition contained works by five New York artists using cast handmade paper in various ways. The Omni Gallery, 333 Earl Ovington Blvd., is located across from the Nassau County Colisuem, on Long Island in Uniondale, NY.
Jane's installation filled one alcove in the gallery about 25 feet wide and five feet deep with 28 cast handmade paper hard hats and six cast handmade paper traffic cones along with handmade paper signs and construction debris. The installation was on view February 1 - April 1, and the opening reception was Thursday, February 18, 1999, 5 - 7PM.
A review of the exhibition "Material Sensibility" containing Jane's "Construction Zone" piece appeared in the Sunday, February 28, 1999 edition of the NY TIMES, Long Island edition. Art critic Helen A. Harrison's review of the show features a photograph of Jane's piece and several comments about Jane's work. In the review Harrison says, "Ms. Allen offers a wry comment on the fragility of protective devices, as well as the way an artist can invest mass-produced commonplace objects with alternative implications."
"Construction Project #2 - Brick Wall" at Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, E. Islip, NY
"Brick Wall" is a continuation of Jane's "Construction Projects" series inspired by sights and sounds of constructions sites. "Brick Wall" is a participatory installation piece consisting of multiple unique cast handmade paper bricks which viewers can use to construct a wall. Then, using the cast handmade paper wrecking ball suspended from the ceiling, viewers can deconstruct the wall.
Cast handmade paper hard hats are hung on the wall for viewers to wear during construction and demolition. The outline of a foundation of a house is cast directly on the floor in the space. A painted handmade paper sign advises viewers to wear one of the hard hats provided and to become construction workers.
"Beyond Bricks and Mortar," September 11-October 27, 2000, OIA exhibition at the New York Mercantile Exchange, World Financial Center, 1 North End, New York, NY. Opening reception - September 14, 5-7PM.
"Beyond Bricks and Mortar" was an exhibition of works by 5 artists dealing with the creation, perception and transformation of space referring to the basic human longing of having a home, whether imagined or real. The show was curated by Judit Villiger and includes Jane Ingram Allen, Michael Bernstein, Sam Cady, Rebecca Findahl, and Fumiko Nazawa. For this exhibition Jane showed a wall installation 24 feet long using digital photographs documenting her installation piece "Construction Zone - Brick Wall."
Imagery," Barrett Art Gallery, Utica College, Utica, NY, November
6 - December 8, 2000.