DELANEY ALLEN // a personal nature

On view August 28 - October 27, 2013
Opening reception for the artist First Friday, September 6 (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
Closing reception and book release Saturday, October 26 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

As part of an ongoing concern with the inconstant reality of the photographic image, the works on view in Delaney Allen’s third solo exhibition at Nationale, A Personal Nature, abstract the present moment into poetic evocations of the past. By juxtaposing staged tableaux with tactile documentations of landscapes, the seemingly autobiographical nature of these collective images rejects a linear narrative and, instead, shifts freely according to the subjective desires of his, and our, memory. Moreover, hanging these vibrantly colored digital prints alongside typographic elucidations on the slippage between dreams and waking life, Allen, like his Surrealist progenitors, upends the veracity of both language and sight as unreliable constructs. What we remember and what actually occurred never remains consistent. It is through questioning these discrepancies that Allen seeks to discover what is ultimately real.

Born in Fort Worth, TX, Delaney Allen received his MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. His photographs have been shown nationally and internationally, most notably at Foam Museum in Amsterdam, NL. He was listed in Magenta’s Flash Forward emerging photographers list of 2013, as well as recently attended photographer Alec Soth’s Camp For Socially Awkward Storytellers. Additionally, his first publication, Between Here And There (Photo-Eye Magazine’s “Best Of” list for 2010), will be featured in the 10x10 American Photobook display at the Tokyo Institute of Photography this fall. Allen currently lives and works out of Portland, OR, where he is represented by Nationale.

Review by Teresa Fredericks on Untitled
Interview of Delaney Allen by Jodie Cavalier

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