Christopher Richmond: "R."

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4/7/2014 – 4/12/2014

Artist Reception: Friday, April 11, 6:00-10:00pm
Screening each evening: 8:00pm

Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007 

Gallery hours Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm 

In “R.”, Christopher Richmond presents two new films that explore the fissure between story and discourse.

In the first, an unnamed humanoid creature encounters a group of characters living on the margins. Among them, it is a giant. It is nearly seven feet high, massive, and with the skin that looks like cracked concrete. Although the creature never speaks, characters are drawn to it and share their innermost thoughts and beliefs.  Behind its dark, deep-set eyes, it unmistakably holds in its genes the remnants of humanity and there is something in its gaze that intimates intelligence beyond the capacity of any human.

In the second, the camera hones in on an operator, whose face is mostly obscured. You can see the operator’s long, slim fingers repeatedly press, twist and adjust a series of knobs appearing to control the action of machinery that is not visible. The sound of machinery appears to coincide with the speed of a pinwheel, while simultaneously demanding the operator’s attention although the source of the mechanical sounds cannot be seen. 

The USC Roski School of Art and Design MFA Thesis Exhibitions take the form of seven consecutive solo presentations in the MFA gallery. Each student exhibition will be on view for one week. Individual artist receptions will be noted.

Exhibitions and receptions are held in the IFT building. Parking is available along Figueroa and Flower Streets as well as on 30th Street where metered. Parking also available at the Shrine Auditorium (700 32nd Street at Shrine Place).