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October 14, 2009: Mark Allen

Posted on October 14, 2009 by School of Art

“How can sculpture and performance affect the viewer in a deep, personal way? How can the viewer be moved from a passive position to a state of engagement and communal experience? I’ve been working with these concerns since I started graduate school, and my practice has transformed from studio artist to include collaborator, facilitator, and producer as I investigate these questions… My current role as curator/facilitator/producer at Machine Project has allowed me to expand the scale and approach to these ideas. Working directly and collaboratively with gallery artists such as Jessica Hutchins, Brody Condon, David Burns, and Matias Viegener, I facilitate and produce ongoing investigations in these questions. Under my direction, Machine functions as a research laboratory-investigating performance, sculpture and installation as lived experience for the viewer.” Mark Allen is best known as the founder and director of Machine Project, a groundbreaking and critically lauded experimental art space in Echo Park. Since 2004, Machine Project has organized innovative workshops, screenings, concerts, lectures, parties, and exhibitions of installation and performance-based art. In 2008, Machine Project was invited to orchestrate A Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA, 10 hours of site-specific events and performances at the museum. In 2009, they will be the resident artists at the Hammer Museum. Allen received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1999 and his BFA from Skidmore College in 1993.


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