Tony Allan’s artwork is often jovial and full of character –much like Tony himself. His colourful cartoons and slogans take a humorous yet reflective look at the world, suggesting alternative interpretations of familiar situations and everyday observations.
Tony wants to be thought provoking within his work. His films started as a conversation discussing issues, which affect him personally and are important to everyone in the human race. Tony created a set of cut out letters, which he has been using as a self-assembled diary to capture persistent thoughts, fleeting feelings, past conversations and solitary dialogues. This process was filmed on video camera and shows the transient and fragile nature of cognition and memory being documented and transformed into a permanent record.
Sometimes it can take Tony up to several hours to create one sentence –a considered and measured pace that reflects his communication style. In today’s fast and turbulent world, Tony wants people to slow down and take time to listen to what he has got to say. He would like people to reflect on his work and think ‘Yes, you’ve got a point’. Tony Allan is a studio artist at ActionSpace www.actionspace.org