James Balmforth - Contemporary Artists

Exchange (3/10)

Exchange (3/10) The Saatchi Gallery
 

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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