4.13.2008

R Allen Jensen's Quadrophenia





In 1979 the Who released a film entitled Quadrophenia, its story involves social, musical, and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective in 1965. The name is a variation on the incorrect popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as multiple personality disorder to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera's protagonist--each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who
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R. Allen Jensen, is showing this month in Bow Edison north of Mt Vernon Washington at the Smith Vallee Gallery, and in it he is showing each of his distinct personalities, Robert Dante, MAF Hockney, Max Edison, Amanda Stanhope, and Backroad Bob. The above video clip is a short walk through of this show, and although I believe Jensen would see each of these personalities as representing a various aspect of his creative whole, I found myself unsure of what each brings out for him. Subtle differences were apparent, but overall, Jensen's touch, his sense of placement, design and craftsmanship were all in check. I wound up purchasing a work from his Backroad Bob persona, and in this work it seemed more garage like, raw work, simple, direct, but again, Jensen is like this in various ways throughout, it was one of the things, that as a student, I cherished in him. Good show Bob!


The Who - I'm One.mp3


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