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Be one of the first to see Emma Hart’s new exhibition BANGER.
London based artist Emma hart (b.1974, London) makes sculpture, photography, film and installation. Her work is often badly-behaved and messy, challenging assumptions and stereotypes in its quest to be something to which everyone can relate. We are delighted that Hart accepted our invitation to make this, her first exhibition in Scotland, and responded with a body of entirely new work, which we are showing alongside the major recent installation Mamma Mia!, made as part of the Max Mara art Prize for Women which she won in 2016. The exhibition highlights hart’s work with ceramics, a material she turned to in order to find the ‘real’ in art: ‘clay can be an exciting way to talk about chaos … what is immediately important is how personal it is. there’s a very raw direct relationship between the clay and my hands’.
Mamma Mia! is an immersive, beguiling, engulfing installation. You look at it by walking through and around it, looking up into a sequence of large ceramic heads/jugs/lamps which hang from the ceiling, projecting light in speech bubbles onto the floor. the work takes the family as a familiar context: the heads/jugs/lamps hang in family groups, disrupted by slowly moving fans whose blades are metal knives, forks and spoons. the new works use the similarly common ground of the car and urban landscape to look at how we navigate the world and understand ourselves within it, with sculptures that place us and our families in relation to windscreens, road signs, car bonnets and steering wheels.
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Image credit: Emma Hart, X, 2018 (detail); ceramic, Perspex and steel; approx. 190 x 150 x 70 cm Courtesy the artist and The Sunday Painter, London. Photo: Emma hart