Artist Emma Hart Gives Us Dirty Looks And Lots Of Tongue

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 57 months ago
Artist Emma Hart Gives Us Dirty Looks And Lots Of Tongue
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Tabish Khan
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Tabish Khan
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre
Installation view of Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre, 2013. Photo: Andy Keate © Camden Arts Centre

Visitors to this exhibition are greeted by a cacophony of mobile phone ringtones and multiple voices whose words are difficult to discern; the only phrase we picked up on is the self-referential 'sorry, I didn't quite catch that'.  The show is chaotic but playful and, in Hart's words, aims to "capture the confusion, stress and nausea of everyday experience".

The exhibition is filled with ceramic tongues, sprouting off posters, acting as door knobs and even becoming the stand for a photo frame. They represent the constant, and often unwanted, voices we're assaulted by every day - whether it be conversations on public transport or telephone calls trying to sell us double glazing.

Many artists explore the world of consumerism and technology, commenting on how it's drowning out the natural world. In this instance, Hart takes a completely different perspective suggesting that it's humanity and nature that are the creators of chaos and accordingly all the furniture items in this exhibition are simple and spartan, so as not to detract from the dominating tongues or the prints of flowers that spill on to the floor.

Bizarre constructions abound including a coughing water cooler and a mirror showing a set of talking teeth marked by highlighter pen.

This is a purposefully fractured and bizarre exhibition where chaos reigns, but it's an enjoyable and memorable show whose playful nature  ensure it remains a light hearted experience.

Emma Hart: Dirty Looks is on at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG until 29 September. Also on at the same venue are the works of Jockum Nordstrom. Admission to both exhibitions is free.

Last Updated 05 August 2013