The Douglas Hyde Gallery are delighted to present the next instalment of their online screening series. To coincide with last week’s book launch of Memory and Intermediality in Artists’ Moving Image by Sarah Durcan, they invited artist James Richards to share one of his works. To listen back to Sarah’s conversation with curator Michael Hill, in which they discussed this moving image work, amongst others, visit their YouTube channel.
James Richards’ artworks uncover connections between people, gestures, and concealed histories by juxtaposing found and original images and sounds to create lyrical, multidimensional compositions that move between abstraction and representation.
Radio at Night (2015) considers the connection between the anxiety and pleasure of seeing and sensing in an era saturated by technology. The work takes the viewer on a journey of associations / connections through repeated collaged images of close-ups of a man’s face, disembodied pairs of eyes floating in clouds, rushing trees viewed from a train, and animals being processed. Imagined scenes of masked-ball revellers evoke decadence and mortality, while fragments from medical documentaries seen through a grid evoke a more forensic movement through images.
Screening now through 25 February.