Sadie Hennessy: Freud at Dreamland: Souvenirs of Things that Never Happened


The Parfitt Gallery is pleased to present Freud at Dreamland: Souvenirs of Things that Never Happened, an exhibition by Sadie Hennessy. Working over a number of different media, Hennessy creates hybrid works, often an amalgamation of images and text that on first inspection seem quite familiar yet with closer inspection are acutely 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. This exhibition brings together a collection of works where scenarios are created as symbols of a fabricated history.

Hennessy continually engages notions of absurdity and poignancy, often simultaneously. In Help Yourself (2010) the artist produced traditional seaside rock inscribed with the name Gary Glitter. Hennessy conceived these in response to rumours that the tainted glam rocker had moved to Herne Bay. Help Yourself exists as a souvenir in a traditional sense but also as one that never happened (Gary Glitter never did actually move to Herne Bay). The Whitstable Gazette published the headline ‘Disgust at Gary Glitter seaside rock’, another fabrication as the disgust was very much a construct by the local paper. A tribute to celebrities continues in other works. And He Swore That He Didn’t Have A Gun (2011) depicts Kurt Cobain in a floral tribute made to mimic a Victorian cyanotype funeral memento and Diamond Geezer (2011), is a commemorative plate stating ‘Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Geezer’; showing a use of humour to stir a reaction from the viewer.


Duration 01 February 2012 - 01 February 2012
Times Mon-Fri 9-6
Cost Free
Venue Parfitt Gallery
Address Croydon Higher Education College Croydon CR9 1DX, ,
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