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PENNY WORLD
Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 2022

8 June – 18 September 2022

TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO.
TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN AND YOU DO NOTHING.

‘Bare, open, visceral and brutally honest.’

‘An important affirmation on the power of creativity in the face of austerity, desperation and inadequate systematic support.’


Penny World is an exhibition spanning the last 30 years of work by London artist and poet Penny Goring. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a public institution and includes a selection of art works from her expansive practice. Presented here are vividly coloured paintings and sculptures, self-portraits and drawings, and darkly humorous digital collages and videos. Relentlessly direct, the artist’s poetry is entangled throughout – appearing in titles and stitched onto her fabric sculptures.

These works stem from the artist’s personal processing of trauma and experiences of violence, conveying emotions associated with states of grief, fear, loss, panic and powerlessness. Making art compulsively and working freely across mediums, Goring’s repeated images and words detail the artist’s invented mythologies. These drawings and paintings interweave personal experiences with images from history and contemporary culture.

Goring works from her home using modest materials – ballpoint pens, fabric, food dye – and free computer programmes such as Microsoft Paint. Her practice has been shaped by restrictive housing conditions, lack of funds and inadequate therapeutic support. Viewed in the context of the UK’s cost-of-living crisis, Penny World attests to the long-term effects of financial precarity and asserts the power of creativity in the face of austerity.

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Press Release

Lower Gallery view of Penny World at the ICA - a long rectangle room with patterned floor that look like bathroom tiles, and magnolia walls with framed art and hanging fabric dolls. In the foreground is a tall black and blue fabric sculpture hanging on a blue coat rack. To the side, three blown-up digital images, with text: 'I FUK DEATH WIV MY LOVE BONE'.

Penny Goring's work 'Pyre': large black fabric sculptures that resemble a funeral pyre on a plinth. The sculpture is decorated with colourful shells, beads and fur. The middle stick is embroidered with text: 'IF U WAS EVER ALIVE'. Behind the plinth, a series of works: a tangerine-coloured doll; five works in black and red that look like delicate paper cuts.

A 'tree' of black fabric limbs on a short plinth. On the left, five felt objects hang from three thick ropes hung from the ceiling.
Above photographs © Anne Tetzlaff
Penny Goring (b. 1962) lives and works in London. She graduated from Kingston School of Art in 1994 and has exhibited at Tate St Ives; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; South London Gallery and Arcadia Missa, London. Goring has published many poems and books online and performed her poetry at the ICA in 2015.

Main image: I was a Visionary for Boudica, Penny Goring, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

Black heart: Click the black heart to view a gallery of gifs made by Penny Goring between 2013 – 16. Click the heart again to turn off the gifs.
 
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Programme

9 June – 18 September
Penny World Daily Exhibition Introductions
Daily introductions to Penny World and a chance for discussion with ICA Public Advisors.

Wednesday 13 July
Fail Like Fire
An evening of spoken word from poets and artists including Penny Goring.

Wednesday 10 August
Penny World Curator Tour
ICA Curator Rosalie Doubal leads a tour of the exhibition, offering insights into the exhibition and introducing the work of London artist and poet Penny Goring.

Wednesday 7 September 
Penny World Curator Tour (BSL Interpreted)
ICA Curator Rosalie Doubal leads a tour of the exhibition, with BSL interpretation.

Until 18 September
Free tours led by exhibition curators for educational and youth organisations.


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Exhibition Leaflet
Transcripts of ‘Fear’, 2013, and ‘Please Make Me Love You’, 2014
Shop: ‘Inflatable Dress of Despair (Heart)’, 2022
Penny Goring, pour, 2013. Digital artwork originally presented on web platform Newhive, restored

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