And things left undone… the latest solo exhibition by Peter Richards created whilst Artist in Residence with Art Arcadia at St. Augustine’s in the Old Schoolhouse, July/August 2021. Drawn to visually exploring observed contradictions and conundrums Richards has engaged with perspective/s and a question of his container… For the exhibition he brings together a grouping of new works in an attempt to share his thinking out and into the space.
During his time on the Art Arcadia residency, Richards developed a project starting with the proposition that through time… things change… how we see things change… Changes to things and changes to how we see things inevitably impact on an understanding of the other. Employing himself as both the subject and observer, he attempted to depict: how his portrayal was beyond his control; how he could see the back of himself; and, how he could redact his appearance. It transpired that he ended up working with ways to disappear and being brought back to attempting to break a truth that he currently subscribes to – a square only exists as a square from a single point view – and failing.
Richards often engages with interactions between re-presentation, time and referencing. His works can be seen as artistic enquiries into subjects, such as: how understanding is formed and truth is subscribed to; how we each have the capacity to suspend disbelief in order to continue believing in our chosen truths. In 2020 Richards participated in the Art Arcadia Lockdown Residency and grappled with how his image of self appeared inadequate under scrutiny. Since the early 1990s he has presented work nationally and internationally. Further details about his artistic practise can be found at richardspeter.co.uk
Exhibition launch: Friday 20th August 6-8pm
Gallery opening times: Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 August, 12:00-5:00pm
Also open during the Cathedral Quarter Weekend Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September, 12:00-5:00pm
This project is in partnership with St Augustine’s Heritage Site and is kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Community Foundation.