Alone Yet Together and in Love, 1992

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Data

Alone Yet Together and in Love
1992
Dimensions variable
Glass, compressor, rubber tubing, spray-guns and ping-pong balls
Image: Photographed by Nic Tenwiggenhorn © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2013

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition - 2013
ALRIWAQ, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar
Group Exhibition - 2002
Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, France
Group Exhibition - 1998
11 Duke Street Ltd, London, United Kingdom

Context

“I’m having a relationship with everyone I’ve ever thought about or communicated with, and every object I’ve ever seen. I feel that life can be a composition; things relate to other things.”[1]

‘Alone Yet Together and in Love ‘(1992) acts as a sequel to Hirst’s, ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ (1991). In the earlier piece, a ping-pong ball is maintained precariously aloft by a jet of air emanating from a paint spray gun; the gun is anchored by a wooden clamp against the sharp edge of a long pane of glass. In ‘Alone Yet Together and in Love’, the glass pane is instead attached to a pair of hoses supporting two ping-pong balls. A third work, ‘All for One and One for All’ (2002), replicates the earlier pieces but incorporates four hoses constructed around glass panes set up to form a square.

Hirst included both this work, and ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ in his early series, 'Internal Affairs', many of which were shown in his first solo show in a public galley, (also called ‘Internal Affairs’) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1991. Explaining that he liked “the near nonsense of the logic”, Hirst made the series as a means to, “look into myself, to work out or try to work out why my body is separated from my mind or if indeed it is.”[2] Unlike most of his other series, ‘Internal Affairs’ contains works made in a variety of mediums. As the artist explained in 1991: “I thought the ideas involved in ‘Internal Affairs’ needed to be realized in more than one sculpture. It had to be approached from different angles.”[3]



[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst, ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ (Booth-Clibborn Editions; Reduced edition, 2005), 120

[2] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Damien Hirst & Sophie Calle’, 'Internal Affairs' (Jay Jopling/ICA, 1991), unpag.

[3] ibid.