James Richards: Requests and Antisongs

James Richards presents new and recent works which continue his ongoing exploration of collage, installation and sound.

Art Exhibition previously on at ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts in Greater London, United Kingdom.
From Wednesday 21 September 2016 to Sunday 13 November 2016

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Taking his video Radio At Night (2015) as a starting point, Richards presents three new works which unfold and expand their compositional logic into three distinct, but linked pieces. These sit across the ICA’s Lower and Upper Galleries, separated physically, but joined conceptually across the spaces.

Speaking about the exhibition, Richards explained: “My aim is to work on an exhibition that will have three parts, iterations or edits. I want to play with déjà vu, as well as a certain form of chiming, whereby works echo and reflect each other.”

Having developed a language for composing images and sounds into highly affective video works, Richards’ recent pieces have been separating these elements out again. The works allow space for multi-channel sound installation and videos that compose material according to the silent internal logics of the footage they contain. In his recent installations, Richards has been “smearing and spreading material across multiples rooms” – allowing images and soundtracks to wash over each other, a quality that will form an integral part of his exhibition at the ICA.

James Richards (b. 1983) is a British artist presently residing in Berlin. Born in Cardiff, Richard’s studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

He recently exhibited as part of Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms, 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); Speculations On Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel (2014); Meanwhile… Suddenly, and Then, 12th Lyon Biennial (2013); The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York; Clunie Reid and James Richards, Art Now, Tate Britain (2010); and Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (2008).

He has been selected to represent Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice 2017 in a presentation to be curated by Chapter Arts Centre for the 57th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale. The exhibition is commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales and curated by Hannah Firth, Director of Programme, Chapter. Recent solo shows include Crumb Mahogany Bergen Kunsthall, 2016; Radio At Night Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux, (2016); James Richards, Kunstverein München, Munich (2015); Raking Light, Cabinet, London (2014); The Screens, Rodeo, Istanbul (2013); and Chisenhale, London (2011). Richards was a recipient of the 2014 Ars Viva Prize for young artists and received the 2012 Jarman award for film and video. In 2013-14 he was in residency with the DAAD Berlin and in 2014, Richards was nominated for the Tate’s Turner Prize.

Co-commissioned by Bergen Kunsthall, ICA London and Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, where the exhibition travels throughout 2016-2017. The exhibition is reconfigured and adapted for the particular architectural environment of the galleries in each institution.