Modern Art Oxford brings together for the first time, an exhibition of key works by British artist Hannah Rickards. This interwoven configuration of works occupies all of the first floor galleries and includes a new piece, Right here and then nothing anywhere else. (2014).
Rickards’ meticulously researched and executed works explore the elusive landscape of perception, language and translation. Her attention is particularly drawn to atmospheric phenomena such as thunder, mirage, and the aurora borealis. Rickards closely examines these occurrences – a nd how we experience them – through moving image, audio, text and installation works.
Exploring Rickards’ practice as a set of works in a growing landscape, the exhibition’s dynamic structure reflects the artist’s observations on the
interconnectivity of perception, the fluidity of vision, hearing, language and self. Rickards says, “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.”
Underpinning the exhibition are the artist’s scrupulous and investigative methodologies which involve the detailed deconstruction of her chosen
subjects. Breaking down the auditory, visual or spatial relationships into minute parts for individual examination, Rickards’ intense artistic gaze scrutinises each particle before reconstruction through language, gesture or, as in the case of Thunder, musical transcription and performance.
The exhibition explores the interrelationship of a set of works that start with Thunder (2005) and conclude with Like sand disappearing or something.. The works included in the exhibition, each produced over a period of years, are framed by a concern with the elastic uncertainty of collective description, articulated often through the use of musical structures.
Hannah Rickards lives and works in London. Educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her recent solo exhibitions include Artspeak, Vancouver (2010); Whitechapel Gallery (2009 ); Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, (2009); The Showroom, London (2007). In 2005 Rickards was commissioned by Media Art, Bath.
Rickards’ work has featured in recent grou p exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2013); S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles(2013); Murray Guy, New York (2011); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); ICA, London (2008); Johann Koenig, Berlin (2007); and Witte de With (2006).
Rickards was recipient of the second edition of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel. In September 2014 she will have a solo exhibition at the Fogo Island Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada.
HANNAH RICKARDS 15 February – 21st April 2014 Modern Art Oxford
Hannah Rickards To enable me to fix my attention on any one of these symbols I was to imagine that I was looking at the colours as I might see them on a moving picture screen. Installation image at Modern Art Oxford