Jon Thompson

Untitled

1997

Not on display
Artist
Jon Thompson 1936–2016
Medium
2 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1220 x 1500 mm
image: 1220 x 1500 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1998
Reference
T07402

Display caption

These photos show front and back
views of the artist's head, upsidedown. Thompson's head has been further dehumanised and distorted by being bound into squares with knotted string, making him resemble a hanging salami.

 

This work is part of Thompson's investigation into the fundamental
nature of sculpture. When photographing himself he delayed pressing the shutter on his camera until he felt like a statue. He also used a computer to give the photos a smooth finish, like sculptures

in marble or bronze. The string grid may be an ironic reference to methods used
by artists to achieve perfect proportion.

 

Gallery label, August 2004

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