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René Pierre Allain

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Oblique Carapace 1999
steel, gun blue, clear sealant and wax
43 ½ x 60 ¼ x 1 ½ inches
Collection Of The Artist
Allain tends to create works in series and this particular work is from his oeuvre entitled Carapaces, a subtle blending of painting and sculpture. The welded steel surfaces are altered with a variety of interesting materials creating extremely subtle nuances of color and light with a zen-like quality that invite, not only intermission, but contemplation. This particular work has a sensual and alluring quality in spite of the brittle and industrial nature of the material. The large unmarked surface alludes to the object as a mirror to inner thoughts producing an effect not unlike looking longingly through a clouded window. Unlike its artistic ancestors, Minimalism and Op Art, this work has significant emotional content, which may be a result of the interaction between the artist and the material in this rather laborious and unconventional process.

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