Beauty is in the ear of the beholder
This week we continue to feature Kelly Richardson’s work in conjunction with Kelly Richardson: Legion. So far we have focused on works that incorporate special visual effects, straightforward video, and cinematic sound in unlikely places. Today we explore the suggestive nature of imagery.
Richardson shot There’s a Lot There, 2001, out a screen door, capturing a swarm of mosquitoes coming at the viewer against the backdrop of a scenic sunset. The video playback is unaltered, apart from the audio. According to the artist, “Despite being very loud at the time, the buzzing mosquitoes were not captured, so they were re-created electronically back in my studio.” When creating this work, Richardson was most interested in the “opposing sensations it offered.” Picturesque on the one hand and visually and aurally arresting on the other, this seemingly simple moment sparks conflicting sensations.
We see glimpses, here, of where Richardson is headed; it is not surprising that the natural environment becomes instrumental to her work. There’s a Lot There was filmed at a cottage on Round Lake in Ontario, Canada, where the artist vacationed with her family as a child. Richardson describes the location as “where my heart lives.”
Next up: Learning the tricks of the trade
IMAGE: Detail of Kelly Richardson’s There’s a Lot There, 2001. Standard-definition digital video with stereo sound, edition of 5. Running time: 2-minute loop. Courtesy the artist and Birch Libralato, Toronto. Image courtesy the artist.