Kelly Richardson
Orion Tide, 2014
Quartier de l’Innovation
22.10.14 – 29.11.14

In her new two-channel video installation Orion Tide (2014), Kelly Richardson draws on the aesthetics of sci-fi films to create a landscape that is both hyperreal and surreal, where the distinction between fact and fiction is blurred and where the real cannot be differentiated from what is computer-generated.

Orion Tide depicts a spectacularly beautiful landscape, sublime and apocalyptic. It immerses us in an expanse of desert littered with traces of human activity, out of which lit pods erupt, one after another, ascending into a deep-blue star-filled sky. Are these strange volcanic eruptions, traces of a dying planet, military exercises or tiny spaceships carrying survivors to a distant land? Painstakingly editing documentary footage, stock imagery and digital effects, the artist has created a cinematic landscape infused with the qualities of eighteenth-century Apocalyptic Sublime paintings. The highly crafted soundtrack, evoking distant liftoffs or the thud of trees falling in the forest, heightens the ambiguity of the dual-channel video projection. Are we in a projected future, a distant past or an imaginary blending of the two? Is this a scene of environmental disaster or alien invasion? Richardson leaves these questions open, allowing viewers to project themselves into these illusive spaces.
—LJ

Orion Tide, 2013-2014, dual screen, HD video installation with audio, 
32 x 9 feet, 20 minute seamless loop
 (courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary, Toronto)
Orion Tide, 2013-2014, dual screen, HD video installation with audio, 
32 x 9 feet, 20 minute seamless loop
 (courtesy of the artist and Birch Contemporary, Toronto)
Biography

Born in 1972 in Burlington, ON, Kelly Richardson lives and works in Whitley Bay, UK. Richardson’s work has been exhibited extensively across North America, Asia and Europe. Her video installations and photographs have been selected for the Beijing, Gwangju and Busan biennials, and major moving-image exhibitions including The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, and Caixaforum, Barcelona; Videosphere: A New Generation, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Visions Fugitives, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France. 

Her work is found in major museums across the UK, USA and Canada, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Towner, East Sussex, UK; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Richardson’s video installations were recently included in the Toronto International Film Festival (2012), Sundance Film Festival (2011 and 2009). In 2009, she received a National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts for her contribution to the visual arts, alongside Ed Ruscha, Robert Redford and Salman Rushdie. Richardson is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto.

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