2008 – Peter Hennessey ‘My Humvee (Inversion Therapy)’

My Humvee (inversion therapy) by Peter Hennessey is a full sized, highly detailed rendition of a M1025 HMMWV, more commonly known as a Humvee. The object, the contemporary version of the military jeep, is balanced on its nose and rendered in black painted plywood.

At first glance, the object’s blunt proportions and monochromatic surface lend it a sense of mournful monumentality. Looming almost six metres in height, its nature is obscured by its dark exterior, lending it a deceptively minimal elegance.

On closer inspection its vehicular features become more obvious, and the towering block resolves into an upturned jeep. The work is detailed, very accurate and actual size, but produced using processes and materials that ‘perform’ the object rather than reproduce it.

Peter Hennessey is an artist whose experimental work is largely based on model making and revolves around an investigation into ‘objects that we all know well but only virtually, through media and can never have an actual physical experience of.

Peter Hennessey is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.

My Humvee (inversion therapy) was funded by Melbourne Art Foundation and University of Queensland Art Museum.

Rachel Ciesla