Jennifer Allen's practice is concerned with the transgression of facade and the
construction of behavioural boundaries. Her performance/videos explore the point
at which Glamour becomes uncrowned and reveals its immanent juxtaposition with
banality and/or failure.

Allen currently works as a Striptease dancer in London, and consequently her art
practice has become influenced by this profession.  

Much of Allen's performance/video work choreographs contexts to enable
Glamour/Striptease dancing to exist alongside the everyday, death, abjection, (on

Whilst Glamour can be seen as separate from banality, Allen is also interested in
the dialectics of this relationship, and the possibility that Glamour employs the
everyday, death, abjection, and that this relationship serves to enhance Glamour?
Allen's practice is concerned with the question of what Glamour and fantasy can be
or indeed is.

This dialectic is explored through her recent performance/video 'Happy Christmas
Mom & Dad'.

*Currently reading MPhil/PhD Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2006-2009)

2004-2006: Goldsmiths College, MA Fine Art, (Distinction)

1998-2001: Ruskin School of Drawing and Art,
    University of Oxford, BA (hons) Fine Art, (class 1)


2007: The Metropole Galleries, The Leas, 'The Dream of Putrefaction'

2007: Gallery 33, Berlin, 'Spit Roast'

2006: Airport Terminal 1, Tel-Aviv, MFA International

2006: Port of Spain Gallery, Trinidad, GALVANIZE

2006: The Art-Works Gallery, Poole Quay, ‘The Empty Quarter’

2006: Goldsmiths College, London, MA Degree Show

2005: Gallery 291, London, OMSK International Film Festival

2004: The Kiosk Gallery, London, ‘The Kiosk Project’

2003: The Hoxton Distillery Space, ‘Surf Nazis Must Die !’

2001: Camden Arts Centre, Bloomberg New Contemporaries

2001: Sunderland Gallery of Art, Bloomberg New Contemporaries

2001: The Burton Taylor Theatre, ‘Uncut Video Screenings’

2001: The Dolphin Gallery, Oxford, SKINS

2001: The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, BA Degree Show

Art Fairs

2007: London Art Fair

2007: SCOPE New York

2007: Tease Art Fair, Berlin

2006: SCOPE Miami

2006: SCOPE London

2006: Preview Berlin

Awards & Residencies

2004: Artists Link Residency Programme, Lasalle-Dhu International Design College, Shanghai,
(Arts Council England )

2001: Lawrence Binyon Memorial Fund, Artists Travel Award to Brazil, (Oxford University Press)

2001: Short-listed for Pirye Prize, (Oxford University Press)


Goldsmiths College, London

Private collections in the United Kingdom

Website links, news and articles, *select Bowie Art News, (2001)