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8 November 2003 – 11 January 2004

Caroline Achaintre, Robert Gober,
Carsten Höller, Des Hughes,
On Kawara, Bernadette Kerrigan,
Jim Lambie, Sherrie Levine,
Simon Periton, David Shrigley

Sigmund Freud’s 1919 essay ‘Das Unheimliche’, literally ‘The Unhomely’, is more usually translated as ‘The Uncanny’. This exhibition explores the unhomely aspect of Freud’s essay and in doing so responds to the house at Kettle’s Yard, echoing some of its furnishings, fixtures and fittings. Works focus on familiar objects rendered or made to appear, in different ways, inexplicable, uncomfortable or supernatural.

Amongst the exhibited works is Carsten Höller’s ‘Crocodile’, 2002 – a lifesized transparent cast of an adult crocodile. Over four metres long, the work recalls a story, recounted by Sigmund Freud, about carved wooden crocodiles coming to life. Robert Gober will exhibit ‘Drain’, 1989, his iconic sinkhole. Bernadette Kerrigan’s untitled works present fantastical landscapes meticulously fashioned from empty aluminium drink cans. Alongside these existing works Caroline Achaintre, Des Hughes, Jim Lambie, and Simon Periton, will be making new works for the exhibition.