April 14, 2013

THOMAS ALLEN: PULP ARTIST

Michigan artist Thomas Allen has been doing really interesting work with book sculpture and paper cut-outs. Spy Vibers may have seen his images on the covers of best-selling novels and in the pages of national magazines. Allen published a collection of Pulp Fiction pieces called Uncovered back in 2007, which was designed by Chip Kidd as a board book for Aperture. Chip Kidd: "He photographs books, but does so in a way that’s never been done before- by selectively cutting out the figures on their covers and interior pages with surgical precision and setting them up in compositions, bringing them into the third dimension. It’s as if the characters have suddenly woken up, that what’s happening to them is so intense and vivid it can’t be contained."



Thomas Allen, who just turned 50, is currently working on a new project around old family photographs. The photographer has kept up an interesting blog over the years, where he shares his process and news of his many publications. There is even a cool a segment about a workshop he led on how to make and photograph book sculptures. The Pulp Fiction material from 2007-2009 will be of most interest to Spy Vibers, but I suggest you spend some time looking through his posts. You will find a treasure trove of ingenious creations that will pull you into many different literary worlds. Highly recommended!



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