Rob Conger’s solo show will consist of his latest series of latch-hook rugs depicting specific locations in America’s most iconic theme park, Disneyland.
In the summer of 2005, Disneyland celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the “Happiest Celebration on Earth.” In anticipation of this event, Conger researched less widely publicized news, namely 11 deaths that happened on the park’s grounds.
To memorialize these tragedies, Conger visited Disneyland to take snapshots of the rides and locations where the accidents occurred. Then, he painstakingly reproduced each postcard-perfect scene as a large-scale latch-hook rug. Through such crafty production, Conger acknowledges his own suburban upbringing as well as the backgrounds of many of Disney’s fans. He purposefully chose to break from the kitten and butterfly legacy of latch-hook to represent a darker side of America’s favorite vacation spot.