TARTAN by John Richey, 2017, hand-drawn video animations, garment facsimiles-as-sculptures, and fine art prints, La Bodega Gallery | Brooklyn NY
OUTLET is an exciting new installation of vibrant ‘flannel’ shirts, limited edition fine art prints, and hand-painted video animations by John RIchey that fully envelops a segment of stART Space Gallery in a raucous fray of color, pattern, and movement. With an obsessive use of patterned imagery consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors, this collection of work exists at the intersection of fine art and fashion. With artworks that can be hung on the wall or worn out of the gallery, OUTLET seeks to allow elements of chance and flexibility into a labor-intensive practice that grapples with the transformative nature of information. By working back-and-forth between, and with different combinations of hand-made and digitally fabricated elements, Richey investigates the physical and conceptual glitches that occur in the spaces between human and digitally rendered processes. To the visitors delight, Richey utilizes colorful garment, flashy LED video displays, and the visual language of commercial display to create a contemporary art installation-cum-retail smorgasbord that is perfect for this thriving tourist-driven gallery and retail destination.
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.
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 .