Kelly Richardson show Legion enters its final UK leg with installation at Towner

By Mark Sheerin | 08 March 2013

Exhibition preview: Kelly Richardson – Legion, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, until April 14 2013

Colour photo of a panoramic film installation in a darkened gallery
Kelly Richardson, The Great Destroyer (2007-2012). 9-12 screen HD video installation. Image courtesy the artist and Birch Libralato. Commissioned by the NGCA© Colin Davison
When an artist is mentioned in the same breath as John Gerrard and Saskia Olde Wolbers, you know you can expect some manipulated filmwork on a scale that makes humanity look as fragile and small as we surely are.

Richardson shares a taste for the hyper-real with her aforementioned peers, combining wildlife cinematography with sci-fi cinema and the Romantic landscape tradition to create panoramas from either the dawn of time or more likely its end.

One typical work here is The Erudition, which uses animation and digital distortion to paint a lunar landscape of ghostly trees. The press release describes it as a hallucination of a super computer. It seems one day that could be the only natural vista left to us.

Leviathan, Twilight Avenger and The Great Destroyer also present the visitor with immersive forest scenes. Compare them with Towner’s recent installation by Olafur Eliasson, in which you really could lose yourself amongst the branches of a forest.

Legion arrives in East Sussex after spells in Blackpool and Sunderland. It travels onto Vancouver. While her international reputation continues to grow, this brief UK tour will have done the Canadian artist no harm in her adopted home.

  • Open 10am-5pm (closed Monday). Admission free.  Open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Follow the gallery on Twitter @Townergallery.

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