Peter Hennessey | the artist




The artist Peter Hennessey
Born 1968, Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Sculpture Objects, Sydney Biennale,


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Peter Hennessey
I see my process as ‘un-digitising’. I take images and information that I find on the internet and then use this to create full size ‘re-enactments’ of the object. My materials are simple and ordinary, primarily plywood, and in the case of the Kandada project, discarded paper from the printers nearby. While my sculptures are the same size and shape as the real objects, they are not exact reproductions. They are filtered through my process and constructed from everyday materials. As such they take on aspects of their new context. NSAT-110 becomes “My NSAT-110”…

Peter Hennessey
Interview with Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey.
“Thereís a lot of faux seriousness in contemporary art thatís there to signal its value, depth and profundity. So part of Patriciaís humour is about refusing to work with that particular mode. And refusing the conflation of critique and criticism, where critical becomes saying that things are bad, which is pretty banal. The work avoids simple moral judgements, because none of the subjects of the work can easily be judged. So the humour sets something up and then cuts it down a little bit, so that it doesnít stand on that edifice of seriousness…”

Peter Hennessey
My Humvee

Peter Hennessey
Drawing on the mottled and highly litigious history of explosives, Melbourne-based artist Peter Hennessey will be creating a major new performance installation for GCAS



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