Artist Statement & Biography


Artist Statement

John Richey is a New York-based visual artist and curator who makes cross disciplinary work using themes and images borrowed from various personal collections. See his statement about the installation currently on exhibition at stART Space, TWINNING, below.

Artist Biography

John Richey is originally from southwestern Arizona, he holds degrees in combined media from both the University of Arizona and the University of California, San Diego. Richey has exhibited domestically and abroad in shows at P.S. 122 and Greene Naftali Gallery in New York, the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City, and in multiple iterations of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. His work was profiled in Art Forum Internationals “Best of 2004” issue and has been reviewed by the online art publications Art F City and Artsy. Richey has attended artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, the Bronx Museum of the Art's AIM Program, and most recently the Studios at MASS MoCA residency in North Adams, MA. Over the past decade and a half, in addition to his active curatorial and studio practice, Richey has held various professional positions at New York galleries and fine art foundations including Marian Goodman Gallery, Greene Naftali Gallery, the Keith Haring Foundation, and Pace Gallery .


Twinning, a new immersive site-specific installation by John Richey brings together a collection of hand-drawn video animations and cyanotype prints produced using themes and images borrowed from various personal collections. Each work seeks to allow elements of chance and flexibility into a labor-intensive process that grapples with the transformative nature of information. By working back-and-forth between, and with different combinations of hand-made and digitally rendered elements, this new installation investigates the physical or conceptual glitches that occur in the spaces between the analogue and the digital. Each performance-based animation depicts a luminous grid pattern infinitely floating and falling into a limitless void. They, along with the vivid blue cyanotype works, speak to formal principles of line and pattern while at the same time addressing themes of light, space, and movement.

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