Tim Head

Ambidextrous

1974

Artist
Tim Head born 1946
Medium
Photograph, colour, on paper
Dimensions
Image: 240 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
P07616

Not on display

Display caption

Tim Head first came to prominence in the early 1970s with a series of ground-breaking installations and conceptual photographs. This is from a group of six photographic works which play on mirror-image illusions to create paradoxes and question how we view ‘reality’. In Ambidextrous the mirror held by a right hand reflects an identical mirror held by a left hand, provoking questions over perception and deceit. Head believed that the accessibility of photography strengthens its ability to act
as a portal for examination of society and the man-made environment.

Gallery label, September 2016

Catalogue entry

P07616 AMBIDEXTROUS 1973

Inscribed ‘1974’ and ‘Ambidextrous’ and ‘ed.8’
Photograph, printed by Michael Dyer Associates and published by the artist and Anthony Stokes, 9 1/4×9 3/8 (24×24)
Purchased from Anthony Stokes (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

Photography for both [P07616 and P07615] was by the artist with Chris Davies; they were printed by Michael Dyer Associates and mounted by the artist. Both are from a group of six black and white photographic works made in 1973–4 in which plays upon mirror-image illusions, paradoxes and reversals are used to test ‘reality’.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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