On view: 23 October – 19 December, 2015
I know a girl called Jonny
She’s an impossibility
I’m an alchemist in my astronaut’s dress
Changing all the girls into boys
(Rowland S. Howard)
Jonny is not from this world. She’s a vision of a late 60s utopian fantasy drawing power from her feminine body while being fiercely independent, confident and direct. Remember Brigitte Bardot in “And God Created Woman (Et Dieu… créa la femme)”? She can do that. Remember Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.”? Jonny can do that as well.
You will most likely first recognise her by her husky voice ringing with a deadpan tone. She is not interested in gender binaries, norms or hierarchies created by human societies. Jonny’s an enigmatic lone wolf who doesn’t break the rules because she doesn’t believe in them in the first place.
Jonny was that young girl who had a certain rosy innocence and naive charm about her. Many foolish hearts have been burnt trying to pin her down, yet Jonny is so far removed from this world that she has somehow become transcendent a satellite orbiting in space. She’s your romanticised dreamgirl from the imagined future that has already passed.