“Dreams inspire Ideas, which are fueled by my passion to Create.”
Allan Askren is a 2nd time participant in reCYCLE pARTS showcase. He was born and raised to love art here in Indiana and current lives in the Indianapolis Area. His childhood was filled with memories of brown sack hand puppets, drawings of all sorts of different sharks, and crewed renditions of cameras; made out of Dixie cups and folded paper with hand drawn pictures that spit out of the bottom like a Polaroid. That passion fueled him to seek classes and degrees centered around art. He graduated at the Art Institute of Indianapolis for Graphic Design and has worked freelance and in commercial shops for about two years. For breaking the monotony of technology as a Graphic Designer, he likes to go back to what fueled his passion for art for a fresh look at new puzzles, getting hands on, and solving problems is what makes Allan feel at home.
Allan's piece this year, “Back Home Again”, pays homage to this concept. Using all bicycle parts, except for a 4” piece of round stock, and a welder, he created Indiana and it’s major highways, that run though the Crossroads State. By placing derailleurs in strategic spots, he was able to run chain through a semi natural look of the highways and pass through the hub of “Indianapolis”. The piece stands approximately 4” off the wall to allow the shadows to create more depth to the piece. It mounts with four simple screws through original bicycle hardware holes. The finishing touches include about two cans of clear protectant and an Indiana Quarter over the center hub.
For more information and to check out more samples of some of Allan's work, visit: behnce.net/allanaskren.
If you would like to learn more about his projects (graphic design, screen printing apparel, or sculptures) or have any idea you would like to discuss, feel free to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Allan for winning "People's Choice" and "Best In Show"!