Emma Hart will produce a new proliferation of work for Art Exchange. Populating the gallery walls with ceramic sculptures cough up pictures. They have “bad taste” in their mouths, spitting out feelings of paranoia, snobbery, and literally too much information.
Emma Hart believes there is a gap between how things are experienced and how they might look photographed. The overwhelming real we stumble through is split from the way digital culture references it, then smoothes it all over. Life looks good in images, or if not good, far away enough for us to manage and control. Sculpture, most recently ceramics, provides a way to physically corrupt and ‘dirty’ images and forcefully squeeze more life out of them. Clay provides a way to work behind pictures, and reveal the raw, crude state of things that images screen off.
Emma Hart (b. 1974, London) lives and works in London and has presented exhibitions and performances in the UK and internationally.
This exhibition has been made in collaboration with Grand Union, Birmingham where it will tour in Autumn 2015.