suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
ricky ALLMAN: These paintings feature desolate snow-covered landscapes punctuated by moments of bright, colorful gestural painted moments contained within geometric forms.
The white landscape is a hopeless and foreboding environment that also contains elements of beauty, longing and sadness. The moments of colorful clarity represent hope, a hope that is stylized by using painting tropes of high modernism, namely abstract expressionism. I re-contextualize these painting tropes into representational forms that through color and movement implicitly contains this notion of optimism. These paintings address the notion of encountering moments of hope and idealism in a post-modern and cynical society consumed by irony and relativism.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
rA: Leaving the Mormon Church
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
rA: Maserati, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, TED Talks, BBC Podcasts, Jay-Z, Christopher Hitchens
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
rA: Fra Angelico, Van der Weyden, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak, Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, Matthew Barney