Jim Allen

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Jim Allen, News, 1976, performance

Jim Allen, Arena, 1976, galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family, 2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm

Jim Allen, Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, 1969, PVC, artificial UV light, nylon thread, wooden spheres, printed paper, text by Hone Tuwhare (“Thine own hands have fashioned” from No Ordinary Sun), 2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm

Jim Allen, Computer Dance, 1974, performance, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, 2010

Jim Allen, Poetry for Chainsaws, 1976, performance, Michael Lett, Auckland, 2006

Jim Allen, Hanging by a Thread II (detail), 2009, digital canvas print, photographic paper, bamboo, steel, hardwood, paper, hair, acrylic paint, wound dressing, digital video on DVD, monitors, installation dimensions variable

Jim Allen, Hanging by a Thread II, 2009, digital canvas print, photographic paper, bamboo, steel, hardwood, paper, hair, acrylic paint, wound dressing, digital video on DVD, monitors, installation dimensions variable

Jim Allen, Poetry for Chainsaws, 1976, c-type photograph, 145 x 210 mm

Jim Allen, Arena, 1976, galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family, 2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm

Jim Allen, Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, 1969, PVC, artificial UV light, nylon thread, wooden spheres, printed paper, text by Hone Tuwhare (“Thine own hands have fashioned” from No Ordinary Sun), 2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm

Jim Allen, Poetry for Chainsaws, 1976, performance, Michael Lett, Auckland, 2006

Jim Allen, Hanging by a Thread II, 2009, digital canvas print, photographic paper, bamboo, steel, hardwood, paper, hair, acrylic paint, wound dressing, digital video on DVD, monitors, installation dimensions variable

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Jim Allen was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1922. He was among the early exhibitors at the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, South Australia and Founding Head of the Art School at the Sydney College of the Arts (which later became part of the University of Sydney). Since 2000 Allen has re-staged a number of early works, such as the two-part installation O-AR (1974) and the early performances Contact (1974), Poetry for Chainsaws (1976), News (1976) and On Planting a Native (1976) in Adelaide, Sydney, Auckland, New Plymouth and Wellington. His video works have been shown widely in America, Germany and the Netherlands.

Jim Allen currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.

 
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Jim Allen, News, 1976, performance

Jim Allen, Arena, 1976, galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family, 2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm

Jim Allen, Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, 1969, PVC, artificial UV light, nylon thread, wooden spheres, printed paper, text by Hone Tuwhare (“Thine own hands have fashioned” from No Ordinary Sun), 2000 x 2000 x 2000 mm

Jim Allen, Computer Dance, 1974, performance, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, 2010

Jim Allen, Poetry for Chainsaws, 1976, performance, Michael Lett, Auckland, 2006

Jim Allen, Hanging by a Thread II (detail), 2009, digital canvas print, photographic paper, bamboo, steel, hardwood, paper, hair, acrylic paint, wound dressing, digital video on DVD, monitors, installation dimensions variable

Jim Allen, Hanging by a Thread II, 2009, digital canvas print, photographic paper, bamboo, steel, hardwood, paper, hair, acrylic paint, wound dressing, digital video on DVD, monitors, installation dimensions variable

Jim Allen, Poetry for Chainsaws, 1976, c-type photograph, 145 x 210 mm