Review: Pokey Hat, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow International Festival

Pokey Hat

(Curated by VERBureau for the GI Festival)

Featuring: Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernandez Pascual and Alon Schwabe), Carrie Gooch, Julie Hill, Rosie O’Grady, Rachel Sharpe

Glasgow has a long and complicated history with ice cream- from the influx of Italian cafes which first appeared in the  1880s, to the notorious ice cream wars, to today’s more generic high street chains and faux-50s style diners, selling nostalgia for a seemingly more innocent time.

New exhibition Pokey Hat, which takes its name from the Glasgow slang term for an ice cream cone, weaves new and fascinating narratives using the frame of ice cream cafes.

Julie Hill’s wry, yet disturbing book and ongoing sculpture The Unexpected Guest, references the small-town mutations of 1956 classic Invasion of the Bodysnatchers and the sensual pleasure responses of eating ice cream and has beautiful imagery created by Hill.

Meanwhile Rachel Sharpe’s installation features a film displaying pink ice cream folding in a machine which resembles voluptuous feminine flesh, therefore ice cream is presented as something other.

Cooking Sections have created strange experimental ice cream using unusual plants which are invasive to the Scottish landscape- eschewing the generic flavours, but no less delicious.

Rosie O’Grady’s photos have an eerie quality, as they feature punters eating ice cream with no scoops, only cones present- this forces the viewer to examine why this is presented as such.

An inventive and fascinating exhibition which will make you rethink the way you not only consume ice cream and sweet snacks, but the cultural significance of the food itself.

The exhibition will be partnered with events up and down the Glasgow cafes, including the famous Jaconelli’s in Maryhill on 16th April at 5pm. Check the site for further details.

(Lorna Irvine)

The Unexpected Guest-Julie Hill

Taken from The Unexpected Guest, by Julie Hill


8th-25th April 2016

New Glasgow Society

1307 Argyle Street

Glasgow G3 8TL

Monday- Sunday 11am-6 pm, Thursdays until 8pm



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