Hannah Rickards: 'To enable me to fix my attention on any one of these symbols I was to imagine that I was looking at the colours as I might see them on a moving picture screen.' 

15. Feb - 21. Apr 14 / ends today Modern Art Oxford

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Exhibition | Installation | South West


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The sound I think it makes is, is that whispering sound, to me it sounds, it almost sounds, um, uh, what's the word I'm thinking? Um, like historic, not historic, but, um, oh: a legend, it, it sounds like a legend, you know, when you think of a legend or something way back in the past you get that, that, it sounds like that to me, like this legend or somebody's, this whispering sound: it's a legend.

The sound I think it makes is, is that whispering sound, to me it sounds, it almost sounds, um, uh, what's the word I'm thinking? Um, like historic, not historic, but, um, oh: a legend, it, it sounds like a legend, you know, when you think of a legend or something way back in the past you get that, that, it sounds like that to me, like this legend or somebody's, this whispering sound: it's a legend.



Modern Art Oxford presents a new exhibition of work by British artist Hannah Rickards. This major exhibition will occupy the entire gallery space at Modern Art Oxford and include the artist�s most recognised works to date alongside a new piece, Like sand disappearing or something., exhibited for the first time.

Rickards� meticulously researched and executed works explore the elusive landscape of perception, language and translation. Her attention is particularly drawn to natural phenomena such as thunder, mirage, and the aurora borealis. She closely examines these occurrences � and how we experience them � through moving image, audio and installation works.

Rickards says, �Everything within this exhibition is to do with an uncertainty in language and how we might try to articulate a relationship to something beyond us in the world: musically, verbally, gesturally.�

The artist�s scrupulous and investigative methodology involves the detailed deconstruction of her chosen subjects. Breaking down the auditory, visual or spatial relationships with atmospheric phenomena into minute parts for individual examination, her intense artistic gaze scrutinises each particle before reconstruction, often in an alternative form, through language, gesture or musical performance.

This absorbing show brings together for the first time an accomplished body of work by an artist whose practice has attracted significant international critical acclaim in recent years.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a monograph examining Rickards� complex practice with an introduction by Paul Hobson, texts by Sally Shaw, Isla Leaver Yap and a dialogue between Hannah Rickards and Adam Chodzko. Published in the UK by Walther Koenig Books.


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