Working in film, video, and photography, Christopher Richmond (b. 1986) explores identity and intimacy through the lens of science fiction and myth. Often employing masks, puppets, and animatronics, his work merges the real world with handcrafted phantasmagoria populated by sentient creatures and alien beings that explores the human condition and the search for meaning.
While Richmond’s practice initially may seem principally concerned with cinema, his single and multiple channel videos range from lush experimental narratives inspired by literature to fanciful structural films. Rather than developing works in chronological order and finely-etched characters, his works repeat simple acts, focusing on the interplay of image and sound, gesture and rhythm, and impassivity and emotion to examine the act of storytelling. Baffling and beautiful, his works invite the viewer to actively participate in the creation of meaning—to abandon the role of passive onlooker and dip their toe into the primordial slime to feel for the bottom.
Christopher Richmond received his MFA from the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design in 2014. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
MOVING IMAGE / VIDEO LINKS
Bone Cut, 2017
HD video, sound, 9:41 (loop)
Rendezvous, 2016 (Excerpt)
HD video, 16mm color film, 16mm black & white film, VHS, sound transferred to HD (41 min.)
The Milky Way, 2015 (Trailer Excerpt)
16mm color film, sound transferred to HD (57 min.)
Available Light, 2013 (Excerpt)
16mm color film, sound (20 min.) (loop)
A Stop at Willoughby, 2012
HD video, sound transferred to HD (6:41) (loop)
Panthalassa, 2015 (Trailer Excerpt)
2-channel HD video, 16mm black and white film, sound transferred to HD
Summary, 2014 (Excerpt)
16mm color film, sound transferred to HD (18 min.)
Slow Dance, 2013
3-channel HD video, VHS, sound transferred to HD, 14:20 (variable loop)
Collaboration with Young Joon Kwak
Chasing the Horizon, 2009
16mm color film transferred to HD (9 min.) (loop)