MY HELLS GATE (NORTH OF THE RIVER)
This publication is the catalogue of Peter Hennessey's exhibition My Hell's Gate at Gertrude Contemporary in 2010.
Drawing on the mottled and highly litigious history of explosives, Melbourne-based artist Peter Hennessey created a major new performance installation for GCAS.
For this exhibition Hennessy restaged the blast which announced the beginning of the era of explosives, Hell's Gate NY. In a perspex vitrine in the gallery space containing a tonne of water, he will undertake a reduced scale recreation of the 1861 blast which remained the largest man-made explosion until the atomic bomb. The project reflects on the huge but strangly invisible role the explosives play in the modern era.
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