Mark Harvey to perform Jim Allen's News
This Saturday, 1st November, Mark Harvey will perform Jim Allen's News at the gallery starting at 1pm.
The exhibition featuring a recent documentation of Jim Allen performing the work continues until 22 November.
Lett is pleased to present Jim Allen's News, first performed
at The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide in 1976. The
work plays on the ritualistic activity of engaging with 'the
news', highlighting the expendability of a newspaper and its
content and the frustration at its inevitable sensationalism
and tragedy. Some thirty years since its initial
presentation the reading, both literally and figuratively,
of the work becomes more pertinent given our increasingly
fleeting and facile consumption of information.
Jim Allen (b. 1922, Wellington) has been developing his artistic practice since the 1950s and was at the forefront of the development of post-object and performance-based art in Australasia. He was among the early exhibitors at the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, South Australia and Founding Head of the Art School at Sydney College of the Arts (which later became Sydney College of the Arts, 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.