In his new exhibition, Toy Stories, a hand-painted geisha girl emerges from a dark doorway into a tiled room covered with graffiti. Is this an assignation? Or a stroll gone wrong? The geisha's costumed gentility seems under threat from as yet unseen powers. Other photographs feature blue cowboys and red Indians, a one- armed astronaut and a selection of madly staring dolls.
Like actors down on their luck, these battered toys look as they have decided to give the big time one last go: it's easy to read an ebbing vitality into their inflexible poses. The credit, of course, should to go Clement, who has managed to turn mass-produced figures and a series of scaled-down "environments" into something both comic and disturbing.
Photofusion, 17a Electric Lane, London SW9 (020-7738 5774) to 5 Mar, Tue to Sat 10am-6pm, Thur 10am-8pmReuse content