Dirty Looks - Camden Art Centre

British artist Emma Hart presented Dirty Looks, a series of new sculptural works combining ceramics, photography and video.

Emma Hart does not make art that tries to make sense of the world. Rejecting the contemplative environment of the gallery space, she makes work that captures the confusion, stress and nausea of everyday experience. For Hart, there is a divide between the overwhelming chaos of reality and the way visual culture smoothes it out. Central to her work is a determined frustration with the limits and restrictions of the lens. Through sculpture, she corrupts digital images and spatially infects videos, ‘dirtying’ the images and squeezing more life out of them.

Hart’s practice often draws on her own embarrassment. Reflecting on her experience of working in a call centre in her early twenties, Dirty Looks served up a cacophony of noise, imagery and ceramic objects. Chipboard cupboards with lopsided drawers, agitated service industry supplies and a homemade water cooler littered the space. Discomfort manifested itself in crudely made ceramic tongues, pulling open doors, escaping from furniture. This unexpected meshing of materials resulted in work that is raw, detailed and fractured.

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The Play List: Emma Hart

Wednesday 4 September, 7.00 – 10.00pm
For the duration of the Jockum Nordström and Emma Hart exhibitions, the Café opened until 10.00pm on Wednesdays. We invited artists who have worked with us before to select music to be listened to over food, drinks and relaxing in the garden. Sometimes live, always interesting, the Play List was the best jukebox there is.

Full list of Play List artists:
25 July: Jockum Nordström
31 July: Alexandre da Cunha
7 August: Tai Shani
14 August: Michael Raedecker
21 August: Toby Ziegler
28 August: Steve Claydon
4 September: Emma Hart
11 September: Serena Korda
18 September: Keith Harrison
25 September: Mel Brimfield

Exhibition Talk: Skye Sherwin

Wednesday 18 September, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Writer and critic Skye Sherwin led a tour of the Emma Hart exhibition, Dirty Looks.

How Can Art?

Saturday 21 September – Saturday 9 November, (Saturdays) 2.00 – 4.30pm
How Can Art? was a series of interactive sessions on Saturdays, for young people interested in art. The sessions were run by artists Judith Brocklehurst and Georgie Manly and invited students to come along with work they are making already or with ideas they would like to discuss in a supportive environment. The project aimed to open up a dialogue between students and introduce aspects of contemporary practice and the possibilities that lie within the arts.