The New York Times introduced Terry Allen to the Big Apple as an artist with a “trippy yet earthy mind” and described his visual art as “Old West Psychedelic, a funky mix of drawing, writing, sculpture and multimedia installation that combines comedy and tragedy, realistic grit and visionary imagination.”
Photo by James Bland
But even the nation’s newspaper has trouble defining the Texas-born Allen; he is an artist who cannot be pigeonholed into a pat description or just one area of work. This is all the more reason to venture out Friday evening to enjoy a reading and keyboard performance from Allen, followed by a Q&A.
He is the third author to visit Incline Village for this semester’s Writers in the Wood series. However, like everything interesting, new and different about Allen, he will not be reading in the usual forums for Writers in the Woods. You will find him in the new Garage Door Gallery of the Holman Arts & Media Center on Tahoe Boulevard. Friday’s free event begins at 7 p.m., while a $50 workshop on writing and crafting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garage Door Gallery.
Terry Allen is a nationally renowned musician, visual artist, sculptor, painter and writer who often blends all forms into museum-theater artworks that reference his Texas roots.
The Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco posts this bio about Allen on its website: “Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has worked as an artist & musician since 1966. His legendary story-telling ability is key to his creative productivity. His modern folklore is skillfully drafted from historical events, personal memories, theater, song and iconic images from both American TV and the American landscape. Allen’s underlying narratives give form to drawn images, sculptures, recordings, radio plays and video art.
He has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Art Fellowships, Awards for the Visual Arts (AVA), Washington D.C., Bessie (New York) and Isadora Duncan (San Francisco) Critic Awards for text, music, sets, costumes for PEDAL STEAL (Margaret Jenkins Dance Co.), AICA Award (International Assoc. of Art Critics) Best Show in a Commercial Gallery, Dugout I, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, 2nd Place, curated by Peter Goulds; induction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in 1992, US Artists Fellowship, Oliver Fellow, 2009.
Allen’s personal website, terryallenartmusic.com, lists his art, his public commissions, his music, his radio and his publications.
Writers in the Woods features a year-long line-up of well-known authors and poets who visit Sierra Nevada College for a Friday reading and a Saturday workshop. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop costs $50 for non-students. More information can be found on sierranevada.edu.