20/10/2012 — 5/01/2013

Kelly Richardson

Legion

Kelly Richardson 'Exiles of the Shattered Star', 2006

HD video installation

Canadian artist Kelly Richardson is one of the leading representatives of a new generation of artists working with digital technologies to create hyper-real, highly charged landscapes.

This Grundy exhibition is the second leg of a major international tour organized by Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, supported by Arts Council England and the Canada Council.

Richardson’s work imagines an array of possible futures for humankind. She draws on the imagery of science-fiction cinema, literature, and the history of landscape painting to visualize the kind of relationships mankind may yet have to the natural world in an imagined near future. Her works are created by combining high-tech animations with footage of some of the world’s most spectacular wildernesses. They ask us to imagine what future mankind can shape for itself and the planet when environmental meltdown seems, to many, to be all but unavoidable. Many of her best-known works create a vision of a world on the brink of apocalypse.

Richardson has been widely acclaimed in both North America and Asia. Her work has been selected for the Beijing, Gwangju and Busan biennales, and has been shown and acquired by major museums across the USA and Canada, from the Hirshhorn Museum Washington and Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Museum, Buffalo to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. In 2009 Richardson was selected for the Sundance festival and was honoured for her contribution to the visual arts at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards.