CATHERINE RICHARDS

 

Capricious Alignment: New Works
February 3 - April 29, 2017

Catherine Elizabeth Richards is an architect and visual artist. Her work expands the understanding of architecture at different scales; from discrete objects, sculpture and installations to city-wide interventions. Richards works between mediums, exploring architecture and perception with materials, experimental photography and video.

Her installation for Carl Solway Gallery, Capricious Alignment, features immersive textile prints and polychrome aluminum sculptures. In her words, ”Order, decoration, and color create a dynamic psychology of space. The viewer’s perceptual experience is heightened by the sequential nature of both the tapestries and open grid structures. The juxtaposition of repeating floral environments alongside minimalist sculpture opens a dialogue between notions of order and chaos. Boundaries between exterior and interior are rendered fluid and playful.”  
The sculpture Valance, on view in the gallery’s lobby,draws upon the history of glass architecture.  This lighted glass sculpture incorporates plant patterns etched directly into the surface.  The viewer’s reflection merges with the transparent structure, itself a meditation on inside and outside.  Her family’s farm in Michigan, a historic site where botanists developed hybrid species of apples and cherries, is largely responsible for her plant-based references. Valance was first shown in 2014 at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Richards’s solo exhibition, Coral City, was on view in the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati from 2015 to 2017.  Her “place making” initiatives in Cincinnati include Future Blooms and Modern Makers. In the past Richards worked in exhibition design and architecture in London and New York, at OMA, RE X architects and Metaphor Unlimited. She participated in teams designing the Wyley Theatre in Dallas and Museum Plaza Skyscraper in Louisville, and museum exhibitions for the Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Richards holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning where she now teaches. She is a co-founder of the art collective Hark + Hark, with Anh Tran. Hark + Hark created an installation for Marchon Eyewear in New York City, that traveled to Paris, London, Berlin and Tokyo in 2016 and is now in the company’s permanent collection.

 

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Valance, 2014, Laser etched acrylic mirror, neon and gold powder, coated steel,
8 x 6 x 6 feet

Valance, 2014, Laser etched acrylic mirror, neon and gold powder, coated steel,
8 x 6 x 6 feet

Valance (Detail), 2014, Laser etched acrylic mirror, neon and gold powder coated steel, 8 x 6 x 6 feet Perceptual Screen w.w2017, Painted aluminum, 84 x 100 x 26.5 inches
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Sunbather Room in nude, 2017, Painted aluminum, 67 x 82.5 x 54.5 inches Vertical Grid Assembly w.w. in Mauve and Red, 2017, Painted aluminum, 
96 x 54 x 26.5 inches

Cognitive Round Screen in blue, Open Chamber in blue/ 
Cognitive Expanse in blue, 2017, Painted aluminum, 84 x 56 x 28 inches

Left to right: Capricious Alignment in three parts, 2017, Digital textile on cotton, 96 x 120 inches, Cognitive Round Screen in blue, Open Chamber in blue/ 
Cognitive Expanse in blue, 2017, Painted aluminum, 84 x 56 x 28 inches

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Capricious Alignment in three parts, 2017, Digital textile on cotton, 96 x 120 inches, Capricious Alignment VII red room / blue orchid, 2017, Digital textile on cotton, 96 x 120 inches

Capricious Alignment V in blue orchid , 2017, Digital textile on cotton, 96 x 120 inches Capricious Alignment X in nude and yellow, 2017, Digital textile on cotton, 96 x 120 inches
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Reflective Interval, 2017, Ash and mirror, 8 feet x various dimensions Installation view Installation view Installation view
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Installation view Installation view Capricious Alignment in three parts drape, 2017, Digital textile on cotton, 96 x 120 inches

Catherine Richards inside sculpture, Sunbather Room in nude, 2017
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Catherine Richards inside sculpture, Cognitive Round Screen in blue, Open Chamber in blue/ Cognitive Expanse in blue, 2017 Arch screen with delphinium etch (view from left side) 2016, Laser etched acrylic mirror, painted aluminum frame, 31 x 69 inches Interval Sequin Study/ Reflective sequin interval , 2017, Hand embroidered sequins on organza, 32 x 37 inches Parabolic Sequin, 2017, Hand embroidered sequins on dupioni silk , 25 x 42 inches
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Drape in Gold, 2017, Digital print on dupioni silk, 30 x 41 inches Kimono: Yellow upon yellow upon nude, 2017, Digitally printed silk, silk lining Left to right: Kimono: Yellow upon yellow upon nude, 2017, Digitally printed silk, silk lining, Wardrobe Screen, 2017, Painted aluminum, 72 x 19.5 inches, various kimonos

Wardrobe Screen, 2017, Painted aluminum, 72 x 19.5 inches, various kimonos