DescriptionFROM THE ESTATE OF DR. EDMUND P. PILLSBURY
BALE CREEK ALLEN (American, b. 1968)
Fish tank, 5 bibles, black leather belt and red gravel
17 x 21 x 11 inches (43.2 x 53.3 x 27.9 cm)
Acquired Directly from the artist
According to the artist, "Bible Belt is one of several unique pieces. There was only one in a terrarium that was inspired by [conceptual artist] Allen Ruppersberg's terrariums done in the '60's. My Dad [Terry Allen] and Ruppersberg went to art school together in California, and we had one of his dry terrarium art pieces in our house. We used to put frogs and hamsters and stuff in it! It was only sometime later after I made this piece that I realized where the inspiration for the terrarium came from. Here it functions as a 3 D frame, but the work inside it my own. Inspired by the South and the large chain of states dominated by the religious right, the Bible Belts were a play on the term known by many who describe this region. This one uses a belt like the leather satchel straps schoolboys used to carry their books. I also made one that literally had baby blue and pink Bibles on it that were like little grenades! The Bible Belts are from a larger body of work called Faith and Superstition. These pieces were shown at Arthouse in Austin. This was a studio purchase from Ted's last studio visit with me before he passed. He visited my studio three times, and every time he bought something. He was so generous and supportive. He understood the struggling artist concept, how to nurture a talent before an artist became better known. He totally got it."
Allen recalls, "The minute Ted saw this piece he said, 'Yeah, I want that.' That's how it always was with Ted. There was no in-between, it was all or nothing. He loved it, so he bought it right then."
Dallas Gallerist Holly Johnson, who worked with Ted Pillsbury as Gallery Director of Pillsbury Peters Fine Arts in Dallas, recalls that Ted "really wanted to do a show of Bale's work at Pillsbury Peters--and he did ["Faith and Superstition," September 13 - October 12, 2002]--because he truly believed that Bale, though an emerging artist at that time, was going to really do some great things. And you know, Ted was right!" Bale Allen's show was the last artist's show Ted scheduled before leaving the Pillsbury Peters partnership.
We are grateful to Mr. Allen for sharing with us his reminiscences of the circumstances surrounding Ted's purchase of this piece, and to Holly Johnson for so generously sharing her memories of Ted during the Pillsbury Peters years.
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000.
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