Moskowitz Bayse is pleased to present Christopher Richmond in Conversation with Jan Tumlir, coinciding with Richmond's exhibition Double Fantasy currently on view at the gallery. The speakers will explore the artist's practice, as well as address his most recent works Panthalassa (2015) and Rendezvous (2016), both of which are featured in the exhibition.
April 2, 2016
Christopher Richmond (b. 1986 Solana Beach, CA) earned his MFA from the Roski School of Fine Arts at USC in 2014 and his BFA from Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in 2009. He received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist grant in 2014. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Jan Tumlir is an art-writer and teacher based in Los Angeles. He is a founding editor of the local art journal X-TRA, and his articles appear regularly in Artforum and Flash Art. He has written catalog essays for such artists as Bas Jan Ader, Uta Barth, John Divola, James Welling, Jorge Pardo and Cyprien Gaillard. Tumlir is a member of the MFA faculty at Art Center College of Design, and has in the past taught at Otis, CalArts, USC, UCR and UCLA. This year he is visiting Washington University in St. Louis as the Wallace Herndon Smith Distinguished Professor of Art. His book LA Artland, a survey of contemporary art in Los Angeles co-written with Chris Kraus and Jane McFadden, was published by Black Dog Press in 2005. Hyenas Are..., a book on artist Matthew Brannon, was published by Mousse in 2011. Tumlir's latest book The Magic Circle, On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records was published by Onomatopee in 2015.
Baffling and beautiful, Christopher Richmond makes films, videos, and photographs that challenge traditional story-telling conventions. Fixed meaning is subsumed in an animating tide of sound and light. By disrupting chronology, plot, and standard character development, Richmond invites the viewer to actively participate in the creation of meaning—to abandon the role of passive onlooker and become an active collaborator. Thematically, Richmond’s work explores the human condition, and his unconventional approach to narrative affords a range of alternate impressions.
In Panthalassa (2015), an eccentric cast sailing across an endless ocean at night hosts a series of otherworldly monologues where dream and reality become confused and creation myths collide with dialogue from sitcom television. Marooned for some unexplained reason on a boat in an uncertain time and in an ocean where the sun never seems to rise, it is not this state of limbo itself that threatens; rather, it is some unknown and irresistible force that lurks just beyond. In this fifty-minute, two-channel film scored by the Los Angeles band Xina Xurner and artist Elisa Harkins, the characters show a surprising capacity and predilection for irrational thinking.
In Rendezvous (2016), an asteroid sails closer and closer to earth, a stranger sits alone in a room, and aliens playfully wander in your backyard in a potent and playful commentary on extra-terrestrials, love, and the great unknown. Amidst this disorienting swirl and the interplay of image and sound, gesture and rhythm, and impassivity and emotion, a breakdown occurs and the everyday is made strange.