Frank Louis Allen – The Visual Subconscious
Jennifer Ford Art presents Frank Louis Allen’s first solo exhibition The Visual Subconscious. The show expresses Allen’s personal yet universal work, which ultimately transcends the limits of our personal afflictions.
Throughout the entire main gallery, a review of Frank’s most notable two dimensional works will be exhibited including computer generated images, whimsical pen on paper works, and pop culture inspired graphics. An additional gallery entitled “Frank’s Room” allows viewers to fully immerse themselves into the artist’s understanding of the world; “Frank’s Room” is an overwhelming sensory experience that includes his music, movies, objects, light, and artwork. Occasionally, guests can witness and interact with Allen at work in this space.
Frank Louis Allen’s rapid, intricate, dream-like marker drawings invoke a thoughtful pause from viewers. “Sometimes they’re like a page from ‘Where’s Waldo’,” he remarks. Allen’s compositions contain a series of unplanned, jagged and smooth lines that flow organically across various mediums. His work often transforms everyday objects into complex recognizable forms, while other times his work flows into purely abstract forms. “It’s not about focusing– it’s about not focusing,” he says about his process.
Allen’s first experience with drawing started in November 2011 at age 31 after a back injury which left him partially disabled. Shortly after, Frank began exhibiting his work on a Facebook Page called “Arts and Autism”. This online community, which aims to promote autism acceptance through the arts, allowed him to connect to other autistic artists and host weekly video casts of his live drawing. The page also introduced him to the founder of the community, Kara Stewart Allen. In 2013, he moved to Fort Wayne to marry and live with Kara who resides there.
The spontaneous nature of Allen’s work is further influenced by his environment: who he’s talking to, what music he’s listening to, or what he’s watching on the television. What makes Allen’s work so remarkable is how it has helped him communicate as an individual with both A-Typical Autism (PDD-NOS) and Retinitis Pigmentosa; the latter which will result in eventual blindness. Allen’s unique perspective and introspective illustrations lend a glimpse into the depths of neuroaesthetics productivity.
Allen’s art permeates the boundaries of art and life. He shares his vision with the public on walls, skateboards, guitars, and other objects common in his daily life.