Facecrime is a solo exhibition by British artist Jonathan Baldock touring from Camden Arts Centre, London to Tramway, Glasgow. The exhibition is an installation of new work conceived during Baldock's Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship at Camden Arts Centre (2017-18).
This new body of work is inspired by the discovery in 1974 of over one thousand clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform script, (c. 2500 BC) in the ancient city of Ebia in Syria. Comprised of precariously stacked ceramic columns, the installation pays homage to these extraordinary artefacts to explore how communication has changed and endured across temporal and cultural shifts. Included in the exhibition is a series of new clay tablets of crudely modelled human faces or masks. Drawing on the most fundamental and universal of human images - two eyes, a nose and a mouth - they evoke both a primal icon and the hyper-charged ubiquity of the emoji - the smiley - that most contemporary carrier of meaning and emotion.
12 April–23 June 2019