“Everything within this exhibition is to do with an uncertainty in language and how we might try to articulate a relationship to something beyond us in the world: musically, verbally, gesturally.” – Hannah Rickard
Modern Art Oxford is presenting a new exhibition of work by British artist Hannah Rickards. This major exhibition will occupy the entire gallery space at Modern Art Oxford and include the artist’s most recognised works to date alongside a new piece, Like sand disappearing or something., exhibited for the first time.
Rickards’ meticulously researched and executed works explore the elusive landscape of perception, language and translation. Rickards’ attention is particularly drawn to natural phenomena such as birdsong, thunder, mirage and the aurora borealis which she examines through spatial works that take the form of moving image and sound. Rickards’ scrupulous and investigative methodology involves the detailed deconstruction of her chosen subject. Breaking sounds or physiological occurrences down into minute parts for individual examination, her intense artistic gaze scrutinises each particle of information from a number of angles before reconstruction and eventual presentation. She closely examines these occurrences – and how we experience them – through moving image, audio and installation works.
The artist’s scrupulous and investigative methodology involves the detailed deconstruction of her chosen subjects. Breaking down the auditory, visual or spatial relationships with atmospheric phenomena into minute parts for individual examination, her intense artistic gaze scrutinises each particle before reconstruction, often in an alternative form, through language, gesture or musical performance.
This absorbing show brings together for the first time an accomplished body of work by an artist whose practice has attracted significant international critical acclaim in recent years.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a monograph examining Rickards’ complex practice with an introduction by Paul Hobson, texts by Sally Shaw, Isla Leaver Yap and a dialogue between Hannah Rickards and Adam Chodzko. Published in the UK by Walther Koenig Books.
Hannah Rickard Modern Art Oxford Exhibition Dates: Saturday 15 February – Monday 21 April 2014