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bandages, fragility, internet, media, memorabilia, objects, photography, suffering, video, war

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Hanging by a Thread II

ArtistJim Allen
Production Date2009
Mediumdigital print on canvas, photographic paper, hardwood, bamboo, wire, found objects (chamois, printed label, bandage, hair, hair tie), portable CD/DVD players, videos (single channel, standard definition, 4:3, black and white/colour, stereo sound)
Size35 x 190 x 150 mm
DepartmentNew Zealand Art
Accession Date30 Mar 2009
Accession NoC2009/1/11
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2009

Chartwell Notes

The website Image and Text has a description of this work

written by the artist at the time of its original installation at Michael Lett Gallery in 2009.

"The work questions human values... The installation opens on a facing wall with a 2 metre high drawing of a ‘Mercury/Hermes’ like figure with the head silhouetted against a black nimbus inscribed with the word ‘Saboteur’. This feel/good messenger is a bearer of uncertain tidings."

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It also has a review of the work by Dr. Leonhard Emmerling:

"The theme described in this exhibition by Jim Allen’s works may be interpreted as suffering. Whatever the strand of hair, the gauze bandage, the small strip of paper, and the rag actually refer to, they can be formally understood as exponents of fragmentariness. How to further interpret these forms, whether as memorabilia, votive gifts, memories of past affections and injuries, or promises of healing, can remain open. The sculptures refer to non-specific individual suffering and grief, while the two prints of photos evoke suffering related to contemporary history: the Middle East conflict and the war in Iraq. " 

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