James Balmforth

Exchange (3/10)

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Exchange (3/10)
James Balmforth
Exchange (3/10)
2012
Gallium and brass
35 x 5 cm
Likewise the dagger (Exchange 3/10), whose skillful construction – the cross-hatched handle with its delicate pommel – belies its inability to function as designed. Defanged and made a thing to be looked at (made art, in other words) the dagger becomes a metaphor of corrupted value, an element in a debased heraldry, while accruing, as if accidentally, uncanny strength and eloquence as art.


Text by Ben Street

     
 


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