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Kelly Richardson (1972) is a Canadian artist working with digital technologies to create hyper-real landscapes.
Early life and education
Richardson was born August 2, 1972 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. From 1994–1997, she studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, Ontario. In 2002, she relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia for her Master of Fine Arts in Media Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. In 2003, she moved to the United Kingdom taking up residence in the northeast where she also completed her masters at Newcastle University.
Richardson works with video and digital photography to create hyper-real landscapes. Her work "adopts the use of cinematic language to investigate notions of constructed environments and the blurring of the real versus the unreal. She creates contemplative spaces which offer visual metaphors for the sensations associated with the hugely complicated world we have created for ourselves, magnificent and equally dreadful." As David Jager noted in Canadian Art magazine,
Richardson deploys a formidable range of techniques and a broad palette of approaches in her creation of a new aesthetic, one that elicits a euphoric suspension of disbelief, allowing viewers to delve into the increasingly ambiguous and complex juncture between the real and the represented. She has transformed video, once a self-consciously minimal, anti-cinematic, bare-bones practice, into something much richer, and much stranger.
In 2012, a 15-year retrospective exhibition of her work entitled 'Legion' was organised by and premiered at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in England. The retrospective then toured to the Grundy Art Gallery (UK), Towner (UK) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA).
- SMoCA, "Tales on the Horizon", Scottsdale, Arizona, USA (2015)
- Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, "Mariner 9", Vienna, Austria (2014)
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, "Kelly Richardson: Legion" (retrospective), Eastbourne, UK (2013)
- Towner, "Legion" (retrospective), Eastbourne, UK (2013)
- Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, "Legion" (retrospective), Sunderland, UK (2012)
- Le Fresnoy, "Visions Fugitives", Tourcoing, France (2012)
- Albright-Knox, "Videosphere: A New Generation", Buffalo, New York (2011)
- Artpace, "Leviathan", San Antonio, Texas (2011)
- Art Gallery of Ontario, "Sculpture as Time: Major works. New Acquisitions", Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2010)
- Sundance Film Festival, New Frontier on Main, Park City, Utah, USA (2009)
- Beijing 798 Biennale, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Beijing, China (2009)
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden], The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, Washington, DC, USA (2008)
- Busan Biennale, Expenditure, Busan, South Korea (2008)
- HALLWALLS, The Edge of Everything, Buffalo, New York, USA (2008)
- Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Exiles of the Shattered Star, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007)
- Gwangju Biennale, A grain of dust, a drop of water, Busan, South Korea (2004)
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
- Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Arts Council Collection, England
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA
- Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- SMoCA, USA
- The Collection: NGCA, UK
- Towner, Eastbourne, UK
- Exhibition essay for Mercer Union, May-June 2000
- Description for Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition, Nov. 2002-March 2003
- Curatorial essay for Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Feb.-May 2005
- Now Magazine review, 'Nature's Calling: Kelly Richardson questions what's real', August 6-13, 2008
- Now Magazine review, 'Year in Review: Top 10 Art Shows', December 22-29, 2008
- Toronto Star review, 'Whyte: The world rendered as an alien landscape', December 22, 2010
- Akimblog review, "The Last Frontier", January 10, 2011
- Canadian Art Magazine review, 'The Last Frontier: Natural Histories', January 13, 2011
- Plaza de Armas review, 'Landscape, catfight, and another musical', March 25, 2011
- Glasstire review, 'Artpace 11.1: It's in the water', April 12, 2011
- ...might be good review, 'International Artist-in-Residence, New Works: 11.1', April 15, 2011
- KYEO.TV, "Interview: Kelly Richardson", June 27, 2012
- Corridor8 review, "Kelly Richardson: LEGION at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland", July 8, 2012
- The Guardian, "NASA technology helps get video art off the ground", August 3, 2012
- Huffington Post, "Artist Kelly Richardson's 'Marine 9' Depicts Futuristic Mars Landscape On Day NASA's Curiosity Lands", August 6, 2012
- The Guardian, "Artist Kelly Richardson brings a taste of Mars to Whitley Bay", August 7, 2012
- This Is Tomorrow review, "Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9 and Legion", August 20, 2012
- New Scientist, "A desolate vision of the future of Mars exploration", August 30, 2012
- Canadian Art, "Kelly Richardson Talks Sci-Fi Futures, Life On Mars And Mariner 9", October 4, 2012
- Artes Magazine, "New York’s White Box Gallery Held Ground-Breaking Contemporary Art Exhibition", January 15, 2013
- Photomonitor interview, "Kelly Richardson: Legion", March 2013
- Photomonitor review, "Kelly Richardson: Legion and The Erudition", March 2013
- Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
- "Famous Guelphites". Guelph Public Library. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
- "Kelly Richardson". Artists in Canada. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
- *Pace Digital Gallery
- *Jager, David. "Kelly Richardson: The Radiant Real". Canadian Art Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
- "Kelly Richardson". Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Retrieved 20 February 2017.