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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.”
The artist from Coloma can test potential compositions by photocopying the pages he intends on using before moving onto the final product. He then photographs the iterations while taking into consideration light and angle.
Allen is a township clerk, and he enjoys public speaking. He looks forward to working with Joseph Bellows GalleryIn the coming months. More work and updates can be found on his website. WebsiteFollow him on Instagram.
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