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Sadie Hennessy at WW Gallery

Sadie Hennessy, Elephant in the Room, Collage, 2011, 17cms x 22cms.

Exhibition preview

STRANGE Hungers, a solo exhibition of new works by Sadie Hennessy, will be on display at WW Gallery from June 19 to July 14, 2012.

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 and 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 (May 16 to June 9).

Times: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am to 6pm, Saturday from 11am to 4pm during exhibitions only. Other days open by appointment only.

WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8DX