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Moving mouths, darting eyes, cursory handshakes; each gesture is a way we connect in silent contract. Contact Us invites Emma Finneran, Tom Polo and Campbell Patterson to trace these and other ethereal and tangible actions through video, installation and painting.
Through accumulated gesture and the residue that remains, Emma Finneran collects the narratives of performed actions. From the way we wash our hands to the film of grease a body imprints onto a glass window, Finneran highlights these vocalised intimacies and shows us that we are all unwittingly communicating; we are forever touching.
Tom Polo hones in on the physical and emotional zones of contact between people, to describe the modes of our interpersonal relationships and the trace we leave on each other in touch and tone. In doing this, Polo thinks about how our hands, eyes and mouths act as the communicative pit-stop between desire and will.
Meanwhile, Campbell Patterson revisits past video works and new collections of discarded (sometimes stolen) items collected over time to examine emotional responses, personal boundaries and the abjectness of the bodies of strangers.
Emma Finneran, Stick Together (mild moments), 2020. Vinyl on glass, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist.