Catalogue documenting a video installation in which the British artist pursues her investigation on the translation of elusive, natural phenomena into formal language. Structured rhythmically around the pattern of a foghorn sounding, Grey Light finds its origins in the notion of the foghorn as an auditory marker for opacity.
Grey light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows (2014) is a major new work by London-based artist Hannah Rickards commissioned by Fogo Island Arts. Grey light is a two-screen projected video installation with eight channels of sound. Structured rhythmically around the pattern of a foghorn sounding, the piece finds its origins in the notion of the foghorn as an auditory marker for nonvisibility, or imagelessness.
This publication features texts by Melissa Gronlund and Will Holder, a conversation between Rickards and Nicolaus Schafhausen, and striking new photographic imagery drawn from the installation's physical materials and production process. Like Rickards's work, the publication aims to bridge the distance between visual experience and its expression in language, whether spoken, written, or gestural.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Fogo Island Arts, Canada, from September 24, 2014, to April 12, 2015.
Educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Hannah Rickards (born 1979, London, where she lives and works) exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2014); Artspeak, Vancouver (2010); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, (2009); and The Showroom, London (2007). Rickards' work has featured in recent group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2013); S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles (2013); Murray Guy, New York (2011); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); ICA, London (2008); Johann Koenig, Berlin (2007); and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006). Rickards was recipient of the second edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.