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Figures – exhibitions

2003-2012

“The narrative, deeply rooted in the psychological,  which light-footedly stages the dramas of the everyday in the sense of Shakespeare’s ‘All the world’s a stage’, is a consistent characteristic in the work of Heather Allen.”
Dr. Alexander Tolnay

exhibition views (selection)

Alius Mundus

2012

Kunsthalle m3, Berlin

A life inside, another world. An installation of 4 cardboard ‘rooms’ containing ca. 80 figures, which could only be seen through peep-holes.

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Alius Mundus interior
Alius Mundus looking though peephole
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Fremde Bewohner

2011

Frankfurt/Main

Installations in 3 sites in Frankfurt/Main:

Ground Level, Römer9
Wave, Epiphaniaskirche
Every Man’s Home, Markuskirche

Ground level installation
Ground Level installation detail
Wave installation wooden slats wax figures
wave installation view
Wave male group sculptures
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Everyman's home... clay houses

Ground Level

Wave

Everyman's Home...

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The Ideal Man

2011

ArToll, Bedburg-Hau

The ideal man – 75 versions made during a two-week residency at Artoll occupy a room, accompanied by more around the walls.

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The Ideal Man installation view
The Ideal Man figure group on plinth
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The Ideal Man wall drawing with detail
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White Tower, Art on Lake

2011

Museum of Fine Art, Budapest

Two bronze figures climb up an 8-metre tower – where to from there?

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Tower installed in Budapest City Lake
Tower bronze figures on wooden tower Budapest
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Nach oben, ICI BERLIN

2009

La Condition Publique, Lilles/Roubaix

A crowd of figures inhabit an entrance room to La Condition Publique, on scaffolding, packing cases, towers, ladders, shelves. Some of them are creeping in under the door.

Curated by Dr. Ralf Hartmann and Dr. Andrea Weber

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Nach oben installation
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Climb

2009

Waygood Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Small figures, big room. But there are opportunities to climb.

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Climb exhibition view
Climb exhibition 7-man sculpture group and string ladder
Climb exhibition figure and string ladder
Climb male sculptures group
Climb figures on tower with ladder
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Cellar

2007

Pince Galeria, Budapest

Plasticine figures emerging from the cellar walls in the depths of  the Pince Galeria.

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Der Esel ist Tot

2006

Heimspiel Gallery, Frankfurt/Main

(with Julia Oschatz)

Installation, performance and 25min animated film about our travels back from Cripple Creek, Colorado with bags of gold carried by Dennis the donkey (sadly bombed to bits in Palestine). The gold didn’t make it back either.

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Der Esel ist Tot film and homage to Dennis
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Der Esel ist Tot animated film intro

Animation: Heather Allen

The House at Egg Stream

2004

Heimspiel Gallery, Frankfurt/Main

Installation and film about a woman living alone in a house by a wood.

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The House at Egg Stream

Ain’t she sweet…

2003

Zagreus Projekt, Berlin

I made self-portraits from sugar paste and marzipan at Konditorei Josef Fingerlos during a three-month stay in Salzburg, a city known for its sweet delicacies. Sugar played an important role in my life as I was highly allergic to it.
The exhibition represents an artistic questioning of “sweet” in relation to the audience’s reactions to the figures. The figures became “collaborators” in the performance during the opening. I entered their world and began a destructive game… If the audience thought “I” was so sweet, they could eat me…

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Heather Allen - sculptures / videos 1997-2013 - Ain't she sweet
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Ain’t she sweet performance excerpt

Camera: Simone Zaugg
Edit: Heather Allen