Emma Hart and Jockum Nordström go from office to fairytale at Camden Arts Centre

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 July 2013

Exhibition previews: Emma Hart: Dirty Looks; Jockum Nordström: All I have Learned and Forgotten Again, Camden Arts Centre, London, July 26 – September 29 2013

An image of a fairytale-style painting of people shrouded in darkness
Jockum Nordström, Final end of Childhood (2001). Watercolour, graphite and collage on paper. Collection Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall© Jockum Nordström
Whether it is down to the sweaty toil of offices during a heatwave or the mercifully more distant documentary evidence our small screens sometimes show, the clatter and chaos of call centres is an environment even those unfamiliar with cold calling are likely to be aware of.

Often frustrated by the limitations of the lens, Emma Hart uses her experience of working in one for a cacophony of sounds, imagery and ceramic objects. For this show, the London artist will dot haphazardly-built chipboard cupboards, ceramic tongues choking on stationary, a water cooler and other paraphernalia of the grind around Camden Arts Centre.

She brings a fraction of nauseating anxiety to the space. And its sense of paradise lost is amplified by Jockum Nordström, whose concerns of the wisdom and magic of childhood play out through samples of his work since the 1990s in a lament on lost innocence full of childlike charm and naivety.

The Swedish artist’s characters ride horses, sail boats, make out and play music across intricate tableaux, collages and sculptures.

Some of their clothes – top hats, taile, knee breeches, frills and full-skirted coats – recall swathes of bygone societies.

Surreal, strange and sometimes building to more sinister elements of the classic fairytale, these are storyboards to transport from the office, even if the worlds they portray are equally busy.

  • Open 10am-6pm (9pm Wednesday, closed Monday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @CamdenArtsCtr.

More pictures:

A photo of two sculptures of white scrolls with bits of pink meat-like stuff around them
Emma Hart, Clay Napkins (2013)© Courtesy Emma Hart
A photo of a pink sculpture on a wall
Handle (2013)© Courtesy Emma Hart
A photo of a pink rosette sculpture on a chipboard wall
Best in Show (2013)© Courtesy Emma Hart
An image of a monochrome drawing of various figures within a fairytale landscape
Loppspel / Tiddlywinks (2004). Watercolour, graphite, collage on paper. Collection Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall© Jockum Nordström
An image of a black and white drawing of various figures inside an ancient drawing room
Back in the Garage with my Bullshit Detector (2000). Graphite on paper. Hort family collection, New York, NY, USA© Jockum Nordström
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