This unique solo exhibit titled "Inner space/outer space" was held in a ten thousand square foot loft space. A doctor and collector of Allan's work commissioned him to paint a mural on an entire floor of a high rise Medical Building. When finished, the space would be used as a gym and physical therapy room for patients. The project took on a life of its own as the artist did some preliminary sketches of his concept of inner and outer space.

With the help of several friends, the first thing he did was to paint several shaded layers of color onto the walls, then he finally painted an entire underseascape on one end of the building. On the other end he painted vast cosmic galaxies and swirling deep space. He utilized the building as a visual meeting ground for these two spaces, painting cracks on the ceiling, floor, and the walls of the building from one end of the room to the other to join the two murals together. The result was a stunning visual submersion into the ocean, and deep space within this building.

The artwork for the exhibit was suspended from the ceiling by steel cables that created the effect of floating images in space and time. At the height of the evening with a full room of people the lights went out, Linder had one more surprise for the show. When the artist turned on hidden black lights in the room the crowd was in awe. The fluorescent lights revealed hundreds of hidden details in the murals. One year later the building was destroyed in the Northridge earthquake.

Blue diver

1992, Acrylic on canvas

24 x 36

private collection

Blue gentle

1992, Acrylic on canvas

24 x 36

private collection

Blue giant

1992, Acrylic on canvas

24 x 36

private collection

These three paintings were also part of the inner space, outer space exhibit. Allan was commissioned to paint them by the Doctors Medical Building for their private collection. Allan Linder exhibited on two other occasions later this year.

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