For the second exhibition in a series of solo presentations that explore the contemporary relationship between sculpture and digitisation – the dissemination of images and their materiality – the Austrian Cultural Forum is proud to present ‘STICKY’, a solo exhibition by artist Emma Hart.
For Hart, sculpture, and more recently ceramics, provides material to physically corrupt and 'dirty' digital images. In the exhibition artworks such as Mate (2014) make it unclear where digitisation ends and where sculpture, or the physicality of ‘being a person’, begins. Embracing this difficulty, we search for a break in the smooth surfaces of our mediated world. The limitations of the image and screen are exposed through human emotion and voice. Confronting the virtualization of our feelings and the monitoring of both objects and ourselves, the exhibition presents a body of work that highlights Hart’s intermingling of materials and daily experience. Pushing sculpture into the world of images and arousing more life and embarrassment out of them, the exhibition attempts to disrupt the digital flattening of our reality.
Utilising the architectural space of the two upper floors of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the exhibition is spread throughout the building, with no central focus. Pieces like The Pits (2014) consider the original purposes of these spaces and play with their intended use.
The artworks exhibited in STICKY were originaly commissioned by the Folkestone Triennial 2014. The exhibition at the ACF will run allongside Oliver Laric: Giving Away the Moulds Will Cause No Damage to His Majesty's Casts. Both have been curated by Victor Wang.