Downtown Blue

 


Analysis and critique by David Genovesi director 
ARTROM Gallery Rome, Italy. 

Allan Linder has an interesting history. He’s seen a lot of art in his days, from the inside. This has certainly honed his eye. What I note immediately is a general desire in his work to enter as deep into the painting as possible, to penetrate the surface barrier and offer a big view. The perspective is effective in achieving this result and it is enhanced with lights and reflections. 
 
Technically Linder is there. Nothing is out of place and it is obvious that a good deal of planning goes into his work. The talent that is evident in his paintings is the ability to create a mood, a sensual style that is inviting and draws the viewer in. This is enhanced by the misty, slightly out-of-focus overall effect. Linder is a painter in the best sense of the word. I notice he sometimes paints over a pre-textured surface which is interesting.



Downtown Blue 
2007 
30 x 30 inches 
Acrylic on canvas 
Private Collection

There is a tendency to slip over onto the sentimental side, the scenes sometimes become a bit "dreamy" and ideal, sometimes pretty. Linder wants to please his audience but they are not tested in any way, which of course is not a crime. His work has great appeal, I'm sure he knows that, but they may lack that "unpredictable" element. Nonetheless, the paintings are impressive.


What is most evident is the treatment of the light from the sky, from the water, from the streetlights, from the reflected buildings. Light is the protagonist in this work, almost above the subject matter. The triangles he uses to divide the canvas are brilliant compositional devices. The slightly higher vantage point into the painting places the viewer as an observer of the scene and not a participant.


The dark umber under the fence serves as a strong, firm foundation and grounding device. The eye is led into and around the painting discovering the details that are nicely modeled where they need to be and left a bit vague where they are not necessary. All the elements in the painting, including the deep, rich, saturated color reinforce and enhance the appreciation of the spectacle he presents.


In "Downtown Blue" the sensations are transmitted. Similar to the sensations generated by the French Impressionists, with a slightly Pop sensibility thrown in. Linder has an eye for composition and the balance of forces within the painting. This painting, more than the others, is witness to that.



Untitled Painting

 


One hot summer night about seventeen years ago, my friend Sean Welsh, a writer in New York City came over to my loft in Chelsea and threw down some paint and we made art. In one night we managed to take two 8 ft. steel doors and turn them into something special.

Unfortunately, the image of the piece above is not the best but maybe the description can help.


For years, Sean and discussed a collaboration of our creative process on a large scale. It wasn't the first time, I had done several illustrations and later covers for his books, but this time it would be different. It would be large and it would be epic.


This painting was a real mixture of all types of media. It was a combination of graffiti, written word, found objects, paint and plenty of whiskey.


Technically, the painting is a diptych because it is two matching steel panels side by side. 

The idea stemmed from a story about an old man in the neighborhood returning to his favorite spot only to find that it was out of business, and the doors had been locked with a sign out front that said thank you for your years of patronage, you will be missed. It became a shrine, a memorial of past time that all the locals would keep alive if only in spirit.


The only way we could work on it was on the floor because of it's size. I brought out a bag of tools and began pounding on the doors with a steel mallet to give it an aged look. Sean took his pen and applied his prose. The whole thing just felt natural and organic.


I had plenty of room in the studio to get this done, and a place to hang out while we contemplated our next move.


The painting never got a title. We punched this thing out in one night. We kept trying to get back on the board to do a little more work on it, but it never happened. Sean arrived late that night and we watched the sun come up on the Highline where my loft was located.

It was something that both of us felt very good about. I was looking forward to getting this into an exhibition coming up, but life changed and I moved into another loft space.


Somehow, the painting got misplaced after the move and we have never been able to track it down. To this day, we have no idea where it ended up.






Three Trees

 


Three Trees, is a series of small works celebrating three of the oldest living trees on earth. They are created on 800 year old reclaimed NY water tower redwood using hand carving, ink and pyrography techniques. 


Methuselah

6 x 3

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

Methuselah, is an ancient bristlecone pine tree approximately 5,000 years old.


Gran Abuelo

6 x 4

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

Gran Abuelo, is an ancient Patagonian cypress tree approximately 4,000 years old.


President

6 x 4

2021

Pyrography, ink and hand carving on reclaimed redwood

President, is an ancient giant sequoia tree approximately 3,200 years old.





The New York city skyline is legendary for its skyscrapers, architecture and the water towers on nearly every building over six stories tall. The water towers started to appear in New York city in the 1800's as a way to bring water to upper floors in taller buildings. 

The cedar or redwood tanks were built and installed by barrel makers during that time. Each tank was held together with only steel straps with no adhesive to keep the contents pure. Each tank has a life span of approximately 40 years. These timeless structures are a signature of New York just like central park.

Redwood is a protected wood species now, so I am using 100% reclaimed wood from these old redwood water towers. The trees used back then were more than 800 years old.

Bugs

 


Bugs, is a series of six small mixed media works that chronicle the worlds six deadliest bugs that take more human lives than others.


Here are a few close ups of the small 3 x 5 hand stretched canvases and the combination of acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, pencil, and oil crayon.




Indian Red Scorpion

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

There are about 1,500 species of scorpions in the world, which only a few dozen of those are venomous. The Indian red scorpion is the most lethal of all. 

In some parts of the world, up to 40 percent of stung victims succumb to death. This scorpion is a major problem in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. 

Scorpions are usually shy, nocturnal arachnids but will sting when threatened. The Indian Red Scorpion is more of a problem because of it's common contact with human inhabitants.



Honey Bee

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

Anaphylactic shock is the killer when it comes to the humble honey bee, and about 80 percent of those who die are human males according to several studies. 


There are over 1000 deaths a year from the typical honey bee.


While the sting of any type of bee, hornet, or wasp can induce an allergic reaction, it doesn't usually end in death.



Tsetse Fly

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

Native to tropical Africa, these big, biting flies spread the parasitic infection that causes African sleeping sickness.

It's a disease that is 100 percent fatal without treatment, and the treatment itself is notoriously difficult. There are drugs, but they must be administered with great care, and parasite resistance to them is always a risk.



Kissing Bug

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

There are over 120 members of a subfamily of Triatominae. They are also known as kissing bugs or vampire bugs for their tendency to bite humans around the soft tissue of the mouth. 

The insects are found in 28 states in the U.S. However, the ones here carry Chagas disease infrequently and the cases in the U.S. are thought to have originated in Central America, where it is endemic. 

Chagas kills about 12,000 people annually worldwide.



Mosquito

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021

One of the deadliest insects is, in fact, one of the deadliest critters in the entire animal kingdom. It is the mosquito, which kills more than 700,000 people every year world wide.

Mosquitos can host a range of nasty diseases, including Malaria, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Zika, Chikungunya, and Lymphatic Filariasis. 

Malaria is the big one: In 2017, roughly 435,000 people died of the disease worldwide. That’s one person every 30 seconds. Get out the bug spray!



Covid

Mixed media on canvas 
5  x 3 inches
2021


Unfortunately, we have all had encounters with the coronavirus bug. Some of us more than others ( I am sorry) it is a known fact that this terrifying virus strain has claimed over 3 million lives on this planet. Can we ever stop it?


(Although, technically not a bug, it has been referred to as a bug such as the flu or common cold.)


This series will be exhibited later this year internationally.




Traductor

 



Traductor, is a series of five small works based on the idea of a universal translator for all of humanity. Each of these works depicts Five basic things every human on earth needs to survive, with a statement on how we've changed them to suit our own needs for better or worse. 

From a simple hut to keep us safe from the elements, to a Miami mega-mansion are just a few of the images that construe this idea.

Each piece is created using mixed media collage techniques, hand drawings, paint and 3d sculpture mounted on hand stretched canvas. Combined, these methods make a compelling image come alive.

These works will be on display at the Roco Exhibit in Rochester, New York Starting June 1, through July 21, 2021.


Food
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Water
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Shelter
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021
Private Collection


Energy
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021


Education
6 x 6 Hand Stretched Canvas
Mixed Media Collage
2021


The Future

 

What started out as an idea for future technologies, turned into mock up advertisements for one of my books Prisoner of the Mind.

Terralift
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019

The artwork is digitally created in black and white. Imagine picking up your favorite magazine and flipping over one of these ads.

Terralift is the idea of an elevator to space. This time it is right into a space hotel. This makes perfect sense, because it has been discussed that what will push humanity further into space technologies is space tourism.


Neuromem
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


Each piece is to push the boundaries of current technology into viable options that would be available sometime in the near future.



Terralift
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


One of the most interesting things I am fascinated with is memory enhancement. Which is now becoming more and more realistic.



Endura Coat
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019



B-Girl
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019



Anigrav Shoes
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


Nano Nails
8 x 10
Digital Print
2019


Neo-Retro
10 x 8
Digital Print
2019


More about this project here





Alba An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept Art

 


Alba is a mischievous little character. He is always getting into everything and appears to be extremely friendly unless you get too close then he bites.

More about this work here.


Ador An Exploration of Mixed Media Character Concept

 


Ador, is a chameleon like creature that lives in the twilight between the grasslands and the forest of Antiquity. They are shy creatures that seem to be highly intelligent. Their strength is the ability to blend in with their surroundings, making them very hard to see in the wild.




More about this work here.