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A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
A Kiss in the Dreamhouse

Exploring the strange and sometimes sinister aspects of obsession, Kill Yr Idols at Laure Genillard Gallery was a group show featuring work by:

Robert Davies, Graham Dolphin, Sylvie Fleury, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and Robert Nettarp.

Iain and Jane's contributions from the series Nocturne were A Kiss in the Dreamhouse and Twice Upon a Time both take the form of portraits of the artists as Robert Smith (of The Cure) and Siouxsie Sioux (of The Banshees).

Twice upon a time installation view
Twice upon a time installation view

"Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard dress up like their idols. They are the art world's answer to Matthew Kelly."

Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

A Kiss in the Dreamhouse and Twice Upon a Time play out a recurring theme in Iain and Jane's practice - of costuming and masquerade and of real and replica. These sharp, double-edged 'afterimages' are in turn, obsessive, disturbing, pathetic and fantastical. In each portrait the mirror is twisted on to the self and the self lays unnervingly exposed, thinly disguised under a dressed-up surface. Consistently the impact of their work is heightened by their 'twoness' - here, a ritualistic acting out of a shared obsession.

Choice in Hot Tickets, The Evening Standard
Choice in Hot Tickets, The Evening Standard

"It was a Punk thing, killing the star, destroying what you most loved... The 'self-portraits' of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, dressed as Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux respectively, consciously hark back to a brief era when there was no dividing line between band and audience... Forsyth and Pollard's studies in fandom's limits - after all, being your ideal is about as good as it gets - ironically don't produce the simulacrum, the sarcophagus, in which they might inter the image ashes of the star. Rather they wind up looking like generic 80's rock stars, Siouxsie and Robert's more popular and more ephemeral traces."

Hotshoe International

A Kiss in the Dreamhouse installation view
A Kiss in the Dreamhouse installation view

Kill Yr Idols
Laure Genillard Gallery
82-84 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5RJ

2 - 31 July 1999



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