Exhibition James Richards & Leslie Thornton, Crossing
James Richards and Leslie Thornton are showing their first collaborative project Crossing (2016) at the Secession. This video installation materializes an intense phase of exchange between the artists who belong to two distinct generations and contexts. Thornton, a media artist who herself was influenced by Paul Sharits, Yvonne Rainer, and Joan Jonas often deploys projections complicated by ample sound-image interactions. Likewise, musical composition is key to Richard’s practice. Both artists’ work is motivated by their understanding of cinema and video as original languages and forms of thinking.
The work’s title evokes the artists’ mode of working together, traversing their practices and sharing their views. Assembled from both found material and original footage from their own extensive archives, Crossing moves through multiple stages and eventually morphs into an audiovisual note on artistic production and collaboration.
Photo: James Richards & Leslie Thornton, Crossing, 2016, installation view Secession 2018, photo: Sophie Thun, Courtesy the artists and Rodeo, London
James Richards & Leslie Thornton
September 14 – November 4, 2018