Please note this exhibition is not suitable for children
20 June - 14 July
LAST CHANCE! ends Sat 14 July at 4pm - extended late opening hours wed/thur/fri til 7pm this week only!
WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX
Open Weds – Fri 11 - 7pm; Sat 11 - 4pm
‘…and the (unanswered) mating call, or at least the rallying cry, of the aging woman as she grows old disgracefully.’
WW Gallery are delighted to present a solo show of new works by Sadie Hennessy. Taking its title from the 1963 British Pulp Fiction book, Strange Hungers delves into the mysterious workings of desire, and the insistent lusts and yearnings of the sexual appetite.
Taking a playful look at the slippage between repression and expression, decorum and disarray, the exhibition is a wry celebration of female empowerment.
Hennessy works across media in collage, print and sculpture to explore a catalogue of insatiable hungers, including lady lust, mother love, the fear of female sexuality, the banality of pornographic imagery and the exploitative sensationalism of gossip mags.
Strange Hungers is both a humorously camp commentary on British cultural values and a critical examination of their changing status. Consistently outrageous, Hennessy subverts familiar imagery in an observational wit fest which boldly goes where it probably ought not to.
Sadie Hennessy creates hybrid objects & images which are both comfortably familiar and deeply unsettling. She operates within a cultural framework of ‘Englishness’ and explores the idea of nostalgia, and more pertinently, the construct of ‘faux nostalgia’ i.e. the yearning for a time that never actually existed.
In August 2010 she won the Jealous Graduate Art Prize for her final MA show (‘Accident & Emergency’) at Central St. Martins. Since then she has been experimenting with various printmaking techniques, as a vehicle for her ideas, alongside her usual practice. In 2011 she was artist-in-residence in the printmaking department at Croydon College of Art, culminating in a solo show in the Parfitt Gallery in January 2012. She is represented by WW Gallery, London and has exhibited with them at the 54th Venice Biennale (June 2011), Crunch Art Festival (November 2011), London Art Fair (January 2011) and is currently exhibiting work in Diamond Geezer (16 May - 9 June)
Note to editors:
Curated by Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams
For more information please contact Chiara Williams & Debra Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Francesca Brooks at email@example.com.
REVIEWS for Strange Hungers
|"...her first solo show with WW Gallery is embalmed in wit. And it is brilliant." read more...Beverley Knowles on Spoonfed
"This artist is incredible...Sadie has girl power by the bra load." read more...Clare Brown on Renaissance Utterances
"Laugh as we might, Hennessy hits the target of how sexual commodification gets in everywhere..." read more...Paul Carey Kent on Saatchi Online, Artlyst and Paul's Art World
"Sadie Hennessy's ‘Strange Hungers'...is a Freudian wonderland of sexual suggestion which joyfully pushes us towards the uncomfortably intimate..." read more...Francesca Brooks on Jotta
"the exhibition is very very good. It confronts a lot of taboos in a light-humoured way and I wish I could have stayed for longer. There’s many brilliant pieces I haven’t even focused on, so if you can go see it, please do."
read more... Olenska
"...there is something very Chapman brothers-esque about the tone" read more...Anna McNay on an Interface
"Hennessy's prints, collages using vintage housewives magazines, sculptures that adorn mundane object with sexual innuendos are relentlessly campy and witty..." (sic) read more...Regine on We Make Money not Art
"Collage has been another technique favoured by female artists such as Barbara Kruger..." read more...Agata Gajda on The Upcoming