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Thomas Allen’s Playful Paper Cutouts Spring from Vintage Books and Color Swatches — Colossal

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February 4, 2024

Jackie Andres

“Bearings.” All images © Thomas Allen, shared with permission

The aging books and color swatches can be transformed into scenes by meticulous incisions and methodical folds. Thomas Allen’s paper cutouts. Since childhood, the artist has had a love for pop-ups and shoebox dioramas. “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.”

The artist from Coloma can test potential compositions by photocopying the pages he intends on using before moving onto the final product. He then takes photos of each iteration, taking into account light and angles.

Allen is a township clerk, and he enjoys public speaking. He looks forward to working with Joseph Bellows GalleryThe next few months. More work and updates can be found on his website. WebsiteFollow him on Instagram.

 

A small boy leaning against a tree branch stands in front of a textbook diagram of an eclipse.

“Eclipsed”

A group of young children low to the ground look at something together. The figures emerge three-dimensionally from a book page.

“Opposition”

A cowboy falls backward, breaking a wooden railing. The figure and railing emerge three-dimensionally from a book cover.

“Timber”

A paper cutout of a man bowling emerging from a book

“Unrelenting”

A paper cutout of a man bowling emerging from a book

“Unstable”

Left: a vintage book titled, "10 Secrets of Bowling." Right: a man picking up a bowling ball.

Detail of “Unyielding”

A paper cutout of a man bowling emerging from a book

Detail of “Unrelenting”

A paper cutout of a man bowling emerging from a book

“Uncontrollable”

Two men talking, cut from a paper color swatch

“Shipwreck”

Test cutouts

Test cutouts in Allen’s studio

#humor
#paper
#sculpture
#Thomas Allen

 

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