Kelly Richardson's Print Edition published by Modern Empire

Modern Empire are pleased to announce publication of a new print edition by Kelly Richardson.


Orion Tide (Edition) I & II is a diptych featuring a desert landscape at night with what appears to be numerous spacecraft or vessels leaving planet earth. The landscape is highly detailed, beautifully lit by the rockets' burning thrusters, the heavy smoke plumes slowly fall to earth behind them. The horizon glows, the vast clear sky above shows hundreds of stars. Is this space exploration on a grand scale or is this some kind of mass exodus?


Kelly Richardson often creates ambiguous works that provoke a mixture of contrasting emotions in the viewer. Orion Tide (Edition) I & II could present a number of scenarios – human departure from earth, war, or an army of space probes – all of which connote a kind of contemporary sublime, beautiful but equally terrifying.


Within cinema, the popularity for consuming imagery depicting a catastrophe-ravaged planet has returned, almost certainly reflecting a like, collective anxiety towards a very uncertain future, not dissimilar to the success of  18th  century artists associated with the Apocalyptic Sublime.’ Kelly Richardson


Orion Tide (Edition) I & II are typical of Richardson's work; her digitally constituted landscapes tend to be rugged and untamed, perhaps reflecting her Canadian upbringing. Their vistas are grand in scale, to the extent that the viewer feels a sense of awe, and because they are not obviously location specific, they can transport the viewer to somewhere 'other', even to another time.


Kelly Richardson understands that contemporary science fiction culture permits us to suspend belief. She employs film-industry quality special effects within her film and photographic works as a means to allow imagined scenarios to unfold.


Science Fiction is one of the best tools we have to visualise and experience to some degree, what life might be like. Given the state of things environmentally, economically, culturally, etc., I would argue that there has never been a more important time to visualise our potential futures, to in some way make explicit what we stand to lose given our current trajectory.’ Kelly Richardson


Orion Tide (Edition) I & II are signed and numbered giclee prints available to order at either individually or as a pair. They are each published in an edition of 100. Full details HERE.


The prints were developed from a large-scale photographic work, Orion Tide, commissioned by National Glass Centre, Sunderland. The work is exhibited there until 9th September 2012.


Modern Empire's edition is launched to coincide with the opening of a 15 year survey exhibition of Richardson's work at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. The exhibition then tours to partnering venues including the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, Towner, Eastbourne, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.


Kelly Richardson's work has been exhibited internationally including at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Art Gallery of Ontario and Centre Georges Pompidou. Richardson’s work was included in the Sundance Film Festival (2009 and again in 2011), the first Beijing 798 Biennale (2009), Busan Biennale (2008), Le Mois de la Photo a Montréal (2008), and Gwangju Biennale (2004).

Public collections of Kelly Richardson's work include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, USA), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Montréal, Canada), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax, Canada).


In August 2012, Richardson will premiere Mariner 9, a major new moving image commission, in the historic Spanish City Dome, Whitley Bay.



Image: Orion Tide (Edition) I & II, 2012 by Kelly Richardson. Giclée prints on Hannemuhle Photo Rag, each 57.55mm x 57.55mm.


SPECIAL PRE-LAUNCH OFFER - discounted prices apply on all orders placed before Thursday 5th July 2012.


Click HERE to go to the print edition order page for Kelly Richardon's work.