An important proponent of the development of post-object practices in New Zealand, Jim Allen's experimental performances, sculptures and conceptual works are influenced by the kinetic and phenomenological works of Len Lye and Helio Oiticica. His 'environmental sculptures' places the experiential elements of spectatorship foremost, and his performances emphasised ephemeral process over and above the physical object. Of his most well know work, Contact, 1974, only photographs document the work. However in 2010 the work was restaged by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery alongside works by Lye and Oiticica.Read More
Points of Contact, 2010, examined the development of post-object practices within New Zealand. Unlike its American counterpoint which developed out of Minimalism, the local movement grew out of kenetic and light based experiments, a trajectory the diverges from the European or American school of formalism.
Allen was a lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, and his work has been recently restaged in number of institutions throughout Australia, Germany, America and the Netherlands.