My work is concerned with the discordance between the perception of the urban structure as unchanging and infinite and its actual temporal finitude. Via travels throughout the alleyways and other
discarded areas that transect the urban landscape, I attempt to circumvent the façades that belie architecture's temporal existence and access sites marked by disintegration and corrosion.
The structures that are documented for these works are not
selected as such because of a past history but, rather, because of their future history, which is readily alluded to in the visible scrapes, corrosions, and disintegrations marking them. These marks become signifiers of the passage of time, containing
records of each moment which has passed by in the lifetime of the structure while, paradoxically, being themselves, subject to the momentariness and impermanence of all things.
Born in Saskatchewan in 1983, and raised in Prince Albert, Christopher spent a year in Oregon before moving to Saskatoon. Here he studied printmaking at the University of Saskatchewan and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. |
Currently working out of Vancouver, Christopher continues to evolve his practice, combining elements of print, paint, drawing, and installation into his work.
Christopher’s work has been exhibited across Canada, most recently being a part of the ‘Buildings That Spin’ exhibition at the p|m Gallery in Toronto.
2001 – 2006 B.F.A. with great distinction, University of Saskatchewan, studio major in printmaking|
2008 Christopher D. Allen & Nancy Fox • Malaspina Gallery, Vancouver|
2006 Stamped on These Lifeless Things • G. Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
2004 Chris Allen & Graham Oliver • Royal Red Gallery, Saskatoon
2007 Greased Wheels • Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver |
Phantasmagories • Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
Hot Off the Press • Malaspina Gallery, Vancouver
2006 Buildings That Spin • p|m Gallery, Toronto
Well Hung • Royal Red Gallery, Saskatoon
2005 Shhh… • G. Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
2004 PSA Group Show • Francis Morrison Gallery, Saskatoon
2003 Rolled Up • Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
Shhh… • G. Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
1998 Untitled • Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon
University of Saskatchewan|
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery
2006 Greene, Malka and Eve Townsend. Buildings that Spin Catalogue, Toronto.|
Jager, David. “Playing Architect”, Now Magazine, Vol. 25 No. 50