James Richards works across moving image, sound and installation to create complex, multilayered works of extraordinary intensity. Combining video and audio that he shoots or records himself, with found material salvaged from a variety of sources, he explores the often latent, emotive power of images and sound.
Richards builds his works up intuitively, invariably starting from disparate fragments or streams of footage. Treating these various recordings as a raw material, his work might be seen as an ongoing investigation into the processes and creative potential of re-staging or re-showing content.
Often his works involve a repetitive or cyclical structure, with passages of video or sound reappearing and folding back into a number of different works. Richards has spoken about the potential for creating mood, emotion or meaning through the sequencing and juxtaposition of video and audio:
”Crumb Mahogany” in Bergen Kunsthall is be presenting a newly commissioned work that occupies all of the Kunsthall galleries. Rather than working in a single or multi-screen format, Richards will, for the first time, create an installation that is ‘smeared and spread across multiple rooms’.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication launched in Autumn 2016.
James Richards (b. 1983) is a British artist based in Berlin.