Rik Allen came to the Northwest to work at Pilchuck Glass school, later becoming a member of the William Morris Sculpture team. There he specialized in engraving, cutting, and finishing glass sculptures for 12 years. Allen has had solo exhibitions of his sculptural work and installations throughout the country, including Seeker at the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Innersphere at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, Blue Rain Gallery, and Traver Gallery. His current work has been in the form of spacecrafts, rockets, and scientific apparatuses. Allen’s work references his curiosity for science while conveying humor, simple narratives, and a lightheartedness that is embodied in much of science fiction’s antiquated vision of the future.
“My work is as much about outer space as inner space. At first glance, the work may seem to be all about the exploration of the cosmos, but a closer look reveals more humble elements that speak of memory and transparency, revealing inner and outward perspectives. By incorporating elements that appear worn and experienced, as well as vestiges of an earlier era, I hope to give the work a sense of experimentation, invention, and exploration.”