Science Fiction Solutions

Neighborhoods, acrylic on canvas

Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.

In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future.

“I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, we’re definitely going to figure out our way,” Allman says.

Allman remains attached to his signature motifs of architecture, the mountains of his native Utah, and airy, confetti-like exhalations, but he now places them at the service of futuristic imaginings. Created by sanding down and adding to canvases dating to his student days at the Rhode Island School of Design, his depictions of floating cities along looping skyways evoke space stations or what Allman calls “science fiction solutions to global warming.”

“None of us knows what the future is like. Here’s a potential scenario. Like a dream it never materializes. Things are coming together or falling apart, you can’t tell which way it’s going to tip.”

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