James Richards & Leslie Thornton, _Crossing_, installation view Secession 2018, photo: Sophie Thun, Courtesy the artists and Rodeo, London

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 und Leslie Thornton, Crossing, 2016, video still, Courtesy the artists and Rodeo, London

James Richards & Leslie Thornton, Crossing, 2016, video still, Courtesy the artists and Rodeo, London

Leslie Thornton, photography, Aviation Museum, Chino, Californien, 2015, Courtesy Studio Leslie Thornton

James Richards & Leslie Thornton, Crossing, 2016, video still, Courtesy the artists and Rodeo, London

 

James Richards & Leslie Thornton
Crossing
September 14 – November 4, 2018