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René Pierre Allain

Julian Pretto Gallery

Without sentimentality or romance, René Pierre Allain’s paintings refer to flags, emblems, and abstracted floor plans of military fortifications. Heavily constructed of plaster, burlap, and steel, they do not speak of glorified testosterone and the stalwart virtues of dominance. Instead, Allain seems to be trying to negate the message of militarism associated with flags and heavy steel the references are clearly not approbatory.

The deflation of these aggressive signs is accomplished through his use of materials. Each thin layer of pigmented plaster is carefully sanded before the next layer is applied, and all of the borders are taped except the outside edge of the painting, which is left deliberately rough and uneven, suggesting a fragment of a fresco. The paintings are encased in heavy steel architectural frames blackened with gun blue. A gap between the image and its framing device

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