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John Richey
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: John Richey makes hand-drawn video animations, sculptural installations, and digitally fabricated commonplace objects using themes and images borrowed from various personal collections. His most recent body of work seeks to allow elements of chance and flexibility into a labor-intensive process that grapples with the transformative nature of information; including information retention and loss. By working back-and-forth between, and with different combinations of hand-made and digitally fabricated elements, Richey’s work investigates physical or conceptual glitches that occur in the spaces between human and digitally rendered movements and objects.

Having cultivated collections of various materials during his artistic career, Richey draws inspiration from an amassed textile collection that includes multi-colored flannels, cast away dish towels, black t-shirts, and an archive of found photographs and ephemera. By painting different flannel color combinations in grid patterns, he attempts to take what was once a simple geometric form and infuse it with elements of instability. While focusing on the formal qualities of each design, Richey chooses to render images using the unwieldy medium of watercolor in order to heighten irregularities between a fluid medium and its fixed framework. He pushes the process further by scanning each painting and commissioning an online digital printing firm to produce a new fine art print, flannel garment, or t-shirt using risograph, silkscreen, or dye sublimation printing techniques. This evolution of information ultimately leads to the final artwork; a painting of a found image or object that has been scanned into the computer and digitally rendered onto a new surface. The finished pieces resemble their original counterparts - yet carry with them the glitches or scars inherent to a process that in some cases force two-dimensional images onto three-dimensional objects. Lines that were once crisp become murky having been hand-rendered in faint watery pools and then digitally transformed into something vaguely pixelated.

In addition to producing sculptural works that walk the line between being fine art objects and functional garments, Richey also create labor-intensive hand-painted video animations. The animation process involves rendering a sequence of hundreds of simple illustrations on paper, individually scanning each one, and setting them into motion using digital editing programs. These performance-based works depict multi-colored grid patterns infinitely folding and collapsing in a limitless void. They investigate the formal qualities of the moving patterns while at the same time addressing themes of light, line, space, and movement.


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MFA 2004 University of California, San Diego. La Jolla. California.
BFA 2001 University of Arizona. Tucson. Arizona.

2016 Bound: Art Books and Zines | MOCA Cleveland | Cleveland, OH
2016 Drums on Paper II | Rabbit Hole Gallery | Brooklyn. NY
2016 uniform | SPRING BREAK Art Fair | New York. NY
2016 Open Call NNE | Brattleboro Museum & Art Center | Brattleboro. VT
2013 MO N S A L V A T | Bureau | New York. NY
2009 RE: | Florence Quater Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2008 untitled (underground) | Rabbit Hole Gallery | Brooklyn. NY
2008 The Audacity of Desperation | DEMO space 122 | New York. NY
2008 AIM 28: How Soon is Now? | Bronx Museum for the Arts | Bronx. NY
2007 next door Video Series | Ellen Curlee Gallery | St. Louis. MO
2007 Time Based Media Invitational | artspace | Raleigh. NC
2007 Genesis I’m Sorry | Greene Naftali Gallery | New York, NY
2006 Video_Dumbo: RENDEZ-MOI | d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) | Brooklyn. NY
2006 NeuBEES | Rider Projects | New York. NY
2006 New Works in Digital Media | Amy H. Carberry Fine Art | Springfield. MA
2006 Strip | Lascano Gallery | Great Barrington. MA
2006 PANORAMICA | The Rufino Tamayo Museum | Mexico City. MX
2005 Zolle | P.S. 122 | New York. NY
2005 the past is in front of you | d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac) | Brooklyn. NY
2005 Drive Time | Wignall Museum/Gallery | Rancho Cucamonga. CA
2005 the 3rd international film & video fest | Museum of New Art | Pontiac. MI
2004 L.A. Freewaves: how can you resist? | Downtown Los Angeles | Los Angeles. CA
2004 summary | 4F gallery | Los Angeles. CA
2004 Supersonic | The Wind Tunnel | Pasadena. CA
2004 Pasale | Estacion Tijuana | Tijuana. MX
2004 under-cover | the russell space | La Jolla, CA
2004 New California Masters | WORK/san jose | San Jose CA
2004 everything under control | Herbert Marcuse Gallery | La Jolla. CA
2003 the 9th floor graduate relocation project | 8601 Wilshire | Beverly Hills. CA
2003 every day | Herbert Marcuse Gallery | La Jolla. CA
2003 becoming… | Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego | La Jolla. CA
2003 in the event of an emergency Herbert Marcuse Gallery La Jolla. CA
2002 pi[3] works/ boredom research projects | Southampton’s Green Cellar | London. UK
2002 love hotel. cite one: the bubble | Magnetic Research Facility | La Jolla. CA
2002 humdrum | Shane House Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2002 kept: an amassing | Herbert Marcuse Gallery | La Jolla. CA
2002 type-needs: hiding a want for perfection | Herbert Marcuse Gallery | La Jolla. CA
2002 safety in numbers | T-pac Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2001 elitist by nature | Shane House Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2001 sometimes sorry isn’t good enough | Rotunda Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2000 the last act | Joseph Gross Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2000 self-ish | Lionel Rombach Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2000 mimesis 6 | Hazmat Gallery | Tucson. AZ
2000 what moves you | Arizona Gallery | Tucson. AZ

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