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January 22 thru February 28, 2004

Malcolm Bucknall + Bale Creek Allen

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Ripeness is all, 2002
Oil on Linen
14 X 12 inches


Holy Dirt, 2003
Terrarium, neon, metal, dirt
21 x 13 x 12 "

d berman gallery opens 2004 with a pairing of two Central Texas artists, each of whom has an unusual and surprising way of viewing the world.

Bale Creek Allenís creations are sculptural constructions made of neon and found objects, and versions of natural forms such as sticks and tumbleweeds; and obsessively detailed drawings.

Malcolm Bucknallís current paintings and drawings meticulously conflate the costumed bodies from 19th century photographs and Elizabethan portraiture with animal heads. As in myth and fairytale the animal human mix encourages a childlike directness.

Allen and Bucknall, separated by several decades of age and very different backgrounds, both use whimsy and craft to challenge and entertain the viewer. It is the very eccentricity of their art that joins them.

Allen studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has exhibited throughout Texas and the U.S. He lives and works in Wimberley.

Bucknall has studied at Chelsea Art School, London, the University of Texas (BFA), and the University of Washington (MFA). He has exhibited in New York, Seattle, New Orleans, and throughout Texas and the Southwest. He lives and works in Austin.

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