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Kelly Richardson
Artist

Newcastle
June 16, 2009

Kelly Richardson’s work explores simultaneity, affect and the use of cinematic language to create part real/part imagined landscapes. Her works have been exhibited internationally at various venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Busan Biennale, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Gwangju Biennale and Centre Georges Pompidou. Current and near future exhibitions include Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (May 6-June 28), 126/Galway Film Fleadh (July), and the first Beijing 798 Biennale (August 10 - September 26). Her work was recently acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Art Gallery of Ontario and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Richardson was long listed for the Sobey Art Award for both 2008 and 2009 and she has the honour of being this year’s featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards. Born in Canada, she relocated to the UK in 2003 where she continues to live and work.

1. Louis Theroux

British documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux has immersed himself into subcultures most of us wouldn't normally partake in. He is, perhaps, best known for his series Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (episodes include Born Again Christians, U.F.O. Hunters, Swingers, Infomercials, and Thai Brides). Since then, Louis has investigated increasingly controversial subjects. Looking into racism, he spent time with a man dubbed “the most dangerous racist in America”. While interesting in a car crash kind of way, Louis' faux-naif interview style is what makes it worth watching. Through his geeky, unassuming, innocent nature, he somehow manages to work his way into worlds where most people would not be welcome. Challenging beliefs at times and appropriately remaining silent at others, his documentary style shines a light on contentious subjects without being disrespectful.

2. Multi-Pass Rendering

Rendering is the bane of my practice. The piece I'm currently working on will take anywhere from four to six months to render (in video postproduction terms, this is the process a computer uses to calculate effects) and that's after the labour intensive set-up. As jaw dropping as that sounds, it gets worse; most often I need to render several times to ensure that the effects are working as they should. While I should probably retreat to other art forms, I have instead found a bit of hope in multi-pass rendering. While this won't necessarily speed the total render time up, I can render out the effects in passes - specular highlights in one and shadows in another, for example. I can then colour correct and so on without having to render repeatedly, allowing for much more flexibility with the treatment of the overall image.

3. Alberta

Compliments of the SAAG, I’ll be spending the month of August at the Gushul Artist Residency and, according to my research into somewhat specific, incredible landscapes, Alberta has it all and then some.

4. Dill Pickles

I just don't get why the UK hasn't developed a taste for the succulent dill pickle. They're especially delicious on top of Harvey's veggie burgers (we don't have those either) with a side of onion rings (you would be hard pressed to find good ones in the UK) and washed down with an icy root beer (yet another thing I can't get here). Maybe this part of the list should have been devoted to foods that I love and miss. In that case, I’d like to add Ontario grown corn, Caesars, Mrs Vickie’s Jalapeno chips, Tim Horton’s...

5. Wolf Howl

In August and part of September, Algonquin Park runs a public wolf howl consisting of a presentation illustrating the interesting history of the Algonquin Wolf (yes, they have their own species), followed by park rangers doing their best imitation howls with the hope that the targeted wolf pack will respond. Since 1990, wolves have been heard 88% of the time. I’ve been for the last three years and unfortunately, varying circumstances prevented success. However, the experience of parking alongside a closed major highway at night with approximately fifteen hundred eerily silent strangers passionate for a rare glimpse into nature was strangely profound.

 

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