Sterling Allen is an artist and curator who in 2006 co-founded the alternative gallery Okay Mountain in Austin, TX. His found object-based drawings and sculptures are constructed of images culled from internet search engines and items purchased at yard sales. Allen’s process begins, however, not with the found objects, but with the establishment of a general shape or form, which acts as the compositional framework for the assemblage. The shape is then filled in with a selection of random images-such as a diving board, stapler, or stuffed animal-resulting in a composition laden with associative possibility. Allen’s work is heavily informed by American consumer culture as well as Surrealist imagery.
Allen received his BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. He has had solo exhibitions at VOLTA, New York, NY (2009), and Art Palace, Austin, TX (2007). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including It’s Gonna Be Reverything, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO (2008); Palace Does Dallas, Road Agent, Dallas, TX (2008); Nexus Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2007); An Introduction to Mountain Making, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX (2007); Me Odio y Quiero Comprar, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico DF, Mexico (2007); and Making It Together, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX (2006).