b. 1922, New Zealand

Jim Allen Artworks

Many of Jim Allen's artworks that he made in the 1960s and 70s were later recreated several decades later and collected by national institutions.

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Key installations include works that the viewer physically entered and that sometimes incorporated sections of enlarged typed text. These artworks explored subtle varieties of tactility and smell, as well as engaging with related works by other artists such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark. They include New Zealand Environment No.5 (c.1967), Small Worlds (1969), Tribute to Hone Tuwhare (1969), Arena (1970), and O-AR 1 (1975).

Solo performances by Allen at the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide include On Planting a Native (1976), News (1976), and Poetry for Chainsaws (1976). Group performances with Elam students include Body Articulation/Imprint (1974), Parangole Capes (1974), and Computer Dance (1974).

An example of his interest in video, using cut-up text rather than documenting a performance, is Uncertain Propositions (2011/2014).

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Saboteur by Jim Allen contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print
Jim Allen Saboteur, 2009 Mixed media on board
201.5 x 91.5 x 3 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Contact  by Jim Allen contemporary artwork photography
Jim Allen Contact , 1974 Black and white photograph
160 x 245 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Hanging by a Thread II by Jim Allen contemporary artwork painting
Jim Allen Hanging by a Thread II, 2009 Mixed media on board
201.5 x 91.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Beyond the Real by Jim Allen contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Jim Allen Beyond the Real, 2012 Mixed media, three paintings of works each installed on their own wall,
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
The First Three by Jim Allen contemporary artwork painting
Jim Allen The First Three, 1998 Acrylic on canvas
168.5 x 360 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Arena (detail) by Jim Allen contemporary artwork mixed media
Jim Allen Arena (detail), 1970 Galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Arena by Jim Allen contemporary artwork mixed media
Jim Allen Arena, 1970 Galvanised steel, barbed wire, clothing donated by friends and family
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Tribute to Hone Tuwhare by Jim Allen contemporary artwork mixed media
Jim Allen Tribute to Hone Tuwhare, 2010 Mixed media
200 x 200 x 200 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Small Worlds by Jim Allen contemporary artwork mixed media
Jim Allen Small Worlds, 2010 Installation
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Poetry for Chainsaws by Jim Allen contemporary artwork mixed media
Jim Allen Poetry for Chainsaws, 1976 / 2006 Live performance with chainsaws
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Hanging by a thread by Jim Allen contemporary artwork mixed media
Jim Allen Hanging by a thread, 2009 Mixed media on board
201.5 x 91.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
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