Emily Richardson, Assemblage, 2014,
EMILY RICHARDSON’s Assemblage was filmed in the Criterion Auction Rooms on Essex Road. Richardson was struck by the temporary tableaux of objects, furniture and artworks. She has worked the footage into mesmerising repeating patterns and kaleidoscopic designs; decorative elements that reference the materials of which they are made, wood, leather, glass, woven fabrics.
"I was thinking about the haberdashers, textile companies and hand block printed wallpaper firms that used to be in Islington. In the Criterion Auction Rooms you see domestic objects, all with a personal history, competing with each other to find a new home. Pairs of chairs look like they do not want to be separated. There’s something for everyone - the lover of kitsch, the trendy, the connoisseur - an eclectic mix of styles from a range of historical periods, differing wildly in value, all in it together, fighting against the homogeneity of the high street, holding on to a past Essex Road, an Islington of antiques and junk shops that have almost all been gentrified and replaced with coffee shops and chain stores. Neutralised radicalism, or to use a slogan from the New Resurrection church that has taken over the old Carlton Cinema in Essex Road - Divine Regeneration. The auction house is a reminder of a London fast disappearing, itself seemingly under the hammer."