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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
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
http://www.bowieart.com/, *select Bowie Art News