Finalis 2015 Luxembourg Art Prize
Some current/recent subjects explored:
Holding and abandon, in the creative process
The written word as abstract and literal mark
The experience of time
Collaborative urban mural and stencil projects, performative activation, video-performance, video-dance, drawing, collage, painting, objects.
Some past subjects explored:
The Symbolic of the Circle
The Grid Form and the Disolution of the Grid Form
Working in the above media, June Allen explores an alternance between holding and abandon in the creative process.
2015 finalist for the Art Luxembourg Prize, she works, and show work in Europe and in the USA.
She was a resident of Grands Voisins 1, supported by Paris City Hall, from its inception in novembre 2015, until December 2017, where she developed several exhibits, installations, and art projects, and participated in others ; following a residence in Pixérécourt, Curry Vavart in 2014.
In 2016, she developed a participative mural and installation at La Linière migrant Camp at Grande Synthe, and another, participatory mural at Grands Voisins, Paris, with ideas, words and gestures from the residents and workers at these places.
She is a member of EsPAS research team, part of ACTE institute led by the Sorbonne-Pantheon and permanent member of the Laboratoire du Geste.
She wrote Abandon and Holding appearing in Art in Motion: Current Research in Screendance, (M. Hayes, F. Boulegue, Cambridge Scholar's Publishing) published in 2015.
In addition to creation and writing, she regularly translates peer-reviewed articles and other documents from French to English, for artists, art philosophers and architects, and has organised and spoken in symposiums, conferences and round tables.
She is currently a permanent teacher at the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Paris and the Paris Belleville Architecture School and also a teacher at the Val de Seine Architecture School.
She was born in the country-suburbs of Boston, got her BFA at Pratt Institute in New York, majoring in Drawing, minoring in Art Education, lived in Kenya for one year, Quebec City for two years, before settling in France, where she has been based for over 20 years. She has an MFA from the Sorbonne, where she continues to collaborate and is currently working on her Phd.
photo: Christine Carlson