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Tommy Angel #8
Jonathan Allen
Tommy Angel #8

2005

Archival digital print

122 x 91cm
Jonathan Allen’s bible-thumping alter-ego, Tommy Angel, is a character of seductive grotesquerie: a beguiling hybrid of Deep South evangelist preacher, 70s cheese-bag magician, and Sforzian political svengali. A contemporary carpetbagger for American Fundamentalism, Angel manifests in life-size photographic portraits, and the live performances which emerge from their illusory surfaces, drawing connotations between religious faith, secular magic, and art's hall of mirrors. Provocative entertainment, sleazy showmanship, and charlatan trickery blur as Allen interrogates the religious and political unconscious of our time. Tommy Angel #8 is one of a series of images depicting various magic routines or ‘miracles’, each culled from the shared iconographies of Vegas and Christendom. Parodic and downright pervy, Allen’s ventriloquist act with a Charlie McCarthy Jesus plucked straight from the cross is posed as a freakish Madonna and Child.

Jonathan Allen's BIOGRAPHY

1966
Born

Lives and works in London


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2006
1st Singapore Biennale, exhibition, Singapore
Tommy Angel putpocketing performance, Singapore
Tommy Angel, David Risley Gallery, London

2005
Tommy Angel, David Risley Gallery, London
Tommy Angel performance for Duckie, Vauxhall Tavern, London
Tommy Angel performance, Corsica Arts Club

2004
Tommy Angel for Eyes, Lies, Illusions, Cafe de Paris
Tommy Angel performance in assoc. with Hayward Gallery & Cafe de Paris, London

1998
Feint solo exhibition, Deutsche Bank, New York
Second Truths solo exhibition, Site Gallery, Sheffield

1997
The Float in the Sight of Things solo exhibition, Ferens Gallery, Hull , Barcelona

1993
Hot Air solo exhibition, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2007
The Dictionary of War, Edition 4 contributor, Berlin
/seconds, issue 4 contributor, Tommy Angel

2006
Tommy Angel performance Tate Britain, London
Scarecrow, Evangelos Averoff Museum, Greece
Smoke and Mirrors, macarts, Birmingham
Circus, Three Colts Gallery, London

2005
Variety international group exhibition, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Tommy Angel performance for Variety, De La Warr Pavilion

2004
Tommy Angel performance for opening of ZOO Art Fair, Regent’s Park Zoo, London
So You’re Afraid Of What? Centrefold group exhibition, Redux Gallery, London
Non-Human David Risley Gallery, group exhibition, London
Centrefold Scrapbook 2nd edition launched at Redux Gallery, London
Mesmer group exhibition, temporarycontemporary, London

2002
Con Art group exhibition at Site Gallery, Sheffield, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Wales
A Night of Performance Magic performance, Lantern Theatre, Sheffield

2001
The Bristol Art Library; Touring exhibition

1998
Quirk group exhibition, Serge Sorokko Gallery New York
StoneTroupers Lovebytes Public Digital Art commission, Sheffield