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Jonathan E Allen
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights

ARTIST STATEMENT: I work in painting, collage, video and performance, engaging the schizophrenia and intoxicating cacophony of postmodern capitalist culture. I am interested in exploring and testing the boundaries between images and received ideas. This often entails working with dissonant images and materials, and trying to reconcile them within the same picture or sequence of moving images. To me contradictions can and should co-exist in the same artwork: perspectival illusion vs. flattened perspective, high-key colors vs.muted neutrals, a photograph vs. a pixellated abstraction . My goal is to colorfully but critically repurpose notions of spectacle and mass mediation through my own pictorial language.

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Born 1975, lives and works in New York City


1997 Columbia College, Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts Visual Arts/Art History


2014 You & Your Symbols & Codes, Micro Art Space, Cleveland, Ohio
The Etcetera Zone, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
2013 Loading, Lu Magnus, New York City
2012 Through the Vanishing Point, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, New York
2011 Explore Thyself, Lu Magnus, New York City
2010 Jonathan Allen, Real Arte, Sant’Elpidio, Italy
2009 Terminal Daydream. GO NORTH, Beacon, New York


2014 Le Show des Amis, SHOWROOM Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
Will you finish my Novel For Me? Gallery 213, Governors Island, New York
2013 No Sun Without Shadow, Lu Magnus, New York
2012 100 Little Deaths, Bravin Lee Programs, New York
In What Distant Deeps or Skies, Lu Magnus, New York
Six Former LMCC Residents, Sentry Centers, New York
2011 The Pleasure’s All Mine, Lu Magnus, New York
Borders and Frontiers, Oakland University Art Gallery, Detroit
2010 L’inaugurazione del Nuovo. Real Arte, Sant’Elpidio, Italy
Liminal Space. The Lay-Up, Brooklyn
Natural Renditions. 143 Reade, New York
Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains. Art for Change, New York
2009 Human Nature Machine. Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen
O! Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
Fortress to Solitude. 245 Boerum, Brooklyn New York
New York, NY. Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York
2008 The Brand New Deal. Caren Golden Fine Art, New York
Waste not Want not. Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
A Wrinkle in Time. Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn
Against Nature. Kent Place Gallery, Summit, New Jersey
2007 The World is Yours. Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery, New York
Evolve Dissolve. GO NORTH Gallery, Beacon, New York
Art for Obama. Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn
Polished & Loud. Maiden, Brooklyn
2006 Radiant. Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn
Headlines. Pierro Gallery. South Orange, New Jersey
2005 Traffic. Exit Art, New York
Sub-version. PS 122, New York
Project Diversity. Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn
Explosivo! Staygold Gallery, Brooklyn
Politics as Usual. Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
2004 The Presidency. Exit Art, New York
Pierogi a Go-Go. Pierogi, Brooklyn
2003 Americana. West Side Gallery, New York
Founders Day. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, New York
Digital Slide Show. Artists Space, New York
2002 Artists in the Marketplace. Group exhibition. Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, New York
Brooklyn! Tomoya Saito Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
In Response. Savannah College of Art and Design. Savannah, Georgia
2001 At Issue...Queens Theatre in the Park. Queens, New York
2000 The Portents are Good. ABC No Rio, New York
1999 A New American Landscape. 114 Forrest, Brooklyn


2014 Chenven Foundation Grant
Cill Rialaig Residency, Ireland
2013 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Liguria Study Center, Italy
2012 Blue Mountain Center
2009-10 LMCC Workspace Residency
2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
LMCC Swingspace Residency
2005 BCAT/Rotunda Gallery Residency
2004 George Sugarman Foundation Grant
Julia & David White Artist Colony. Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
2003 Puffin Foundation Grant
Manhattans Graphic Center Scholarship
2002 22nd Artist in the Marketplace Program
Rotunda Gallery Curatorial Initiative Finalist
1997 Louise Sudler Prize, Columbia University School of the Arts


Credit Suisse
University of Virginia Art Museum


2014 Curatorial Collective, ‘’North Coast’ opens at Micro Art Space, December 18
FDL Reporter, ‘Paint, blood used in new THELMA exhibits’, September 24
2013 Huffington Post, ‘Top 4 LES Shows’, by Jonathan Beer, October 15
Poets and Writers, 'Inspiration Flies High' by Carrie Neill, Jan/Feb
2012 New York Observer, ‘In What Distant Deeps or Skies’, by Sasha Herman, June 22, ‘A day in the life of Claiborne Swanson’, March 15
The Coffin Factory, Volume 2
2011 New York Times, ‘The Pas de deux between Art and Dance’, by Claudia La
Rocco, September 25
2010 SUPERSTRUCTURE, 'Jonathan Allen' by Persis Singh (catalog)
JONATHAN ALLEN, 'Frenetiche Scomposizioni' by Giacomo Belloni (catalog) Exibart, 'Jonathan Allen's 'Striped Arch', April 13
The Clothes Whisperer, 'ALIVE SHOES: Interview with the Artist', April 13 (blog)
The Clothes Whisperer, 'The Striped Arch of Ancona by Jonathan Allen’, April 12 (blog)
Antenna Magazine,’They’re Alive‘, by Chadner Navarro, Fall
2009 New York Times, 'Jonathan Allen', July 19, 'Pair it up: DKNY Python dress & Jonathan Allen', by Mark Holgate. June 11
Wonderland Magazine, 'Jonathan Allen', by Sisse Peterson. July
2008 NY Arts Magazine, 'Night of the Apocalypse'. November/December
NY Arts Magazine, 'Tips & Picks', by Anita Tan. September/October
A Wrinkle in Time, by Johanna Taylor & Baseera Khan (catalog)
2006 The Star-Ledger, 'The Art of War', by Dan Bischoff. May 11
Headlines, by Mary Birmingham. Pierro Gallery (catalog)
2004 Village Voice, 'The Presidency', by Kim Levin. Oct 27/Nov 4
National Review Online, 'Vitriolic Hate Through Paint' by Steven Vincent. Nov 16
Recount, 'The Meaning of the Presidency' by Sandra Ogle. Oct 20
2003 New York Times, 'Critical Consumption' by Holland Cotter. March 7, 'Jonathan Allen' March/April
NY Arts Magazine, 'Writers Pick: Critical Consumption' March, pg 42
Brooklyn Free Press, 'Gallery Exhibit in Brooklyn Heights Embraces Politically Charged Art' by Abby Ranger
2002 New York Times, 'Artist in the Marketplace' by Holland Cotter
AIM 22, Lydia Yee and Edwin Ramoran, Bronx Museum (catalog)
2001 Clamor Magazine, 'Censoring Creativity' by Greg Fuchs. July/August

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