Camden Arts Centre
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Camden Arts Centre is a stimulating and welcoming place where you can actively engage with contemporary art, artists and ideas, through a dynamic and challenging programme of exhibitions, talks and events and education.
Closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays
Showing in 2008:
22 February - 20 April 2008
02 May - 29 June 2008
11 July - 14 September 2008
26 September - 23 November 2008
Film and Media, Fine Art
Dieter Roth: Diaries and other works
German artist Dieter Roth (1930-98) worked with obsessive energy, and his prolific output included installation, sculpture, drawing, video, assemblage and books.
All of his work was a diary of sorts - a record of his relentless and impassioned engagement with life - and this exhibition, which takes his personal writing as its central theme includes a collection of his diaries. These intimate books served as agendas, 'to do' lists as well as the space for the working through of ideas - filled with sketches photographs and poetry.
Much of Roth's work is imbued with a dark quality that probes deeply into the questions of life. Solo Scenes is a poignant, existential, expression of the last year of Roth's life in which he filmed the activities of everyday life, presenting them on 128 video monitors. Dieter Roth: Diaries was organised with The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 2012 and has been reconfigured for Camden Arts Centre.
Emma Hart: Dirty Looks
British artist Emma Hart’s (b.1974) starting point for her exhibition is to manufacture a network of looks. Working with ceramics, photography, video and carving, Hart puts on display products from her imagination.
Served up on trays, or pushed to the back of drawers they seek, desire and demand attention. They will solicit different suggestions for public or private address.
- Any age
In Swedish artist Jockum Nordström’s (b.1963) dream-like drawings, paintings and collages people are always doing something. Whether riding horses, sailing boats, making love or playing music they are constantly in action.
His myriad cast of characters seem to come from another era, situated in a world of muted tones and colours and depicted in backgrounds from the old world or brought forward into architecture of a more modern time.
His imagery emerges from the everyday and his memories, fantasises and thoughts; what he encounters in waking dreams. Suffused with a surreal quality his works often contain absurd or violent elements as real and imagined worlds combine on the papers surface. For his first solo exhibition in London he will bring together a selection of collages, graphite drawings and small scale architectural sculptures.
- Any age
(Galleries 1 & 2)
American artist Kara Walker (b. 1966) is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes that examine the underbelly of America's racial and gender tensions. Her works often address such highly charged themes as power, repression, violence, history, race and sexuality.
For her first major solo exhibition in the UK, Walker will fill Camden Arts Centre’s galleries with the process of her art – intimate watercolours, large scale graphite drawings, printed text works, film and a new cut paper piece which will be produced on-site. Walker’s art is layered with images that reference history, literature, culture, and the darker aspects of human behaviour.
Connecting all of her work is an examination of power. The characters in her environments display power struggles of all kinds: physical, emotional, personal, racial, sexual, and historical. Currently researching the white supremacist movement in the US her new works are peopled with characters from both past and contemporary history, merging historical documents of slavery with more recent racial tensions.