Spike Island

Melissa Gordon and James Richardsin conversation


Tuesday 9 July 2013, 6pm


£5, £3 concessions
Free for Spike Associates
Booking advised

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Richards is a sculptor and filmmaker, Gordon a painter and printmaker, but they share an interest in sampling, appropriating, critiquing and paying homage to existing art works and historic movements.

Their broader practices also both involve regularly curating and collaborating with other artists. This point of crossover provides the starting point for an informal conversation in which they share their influences, references and concerns while also reflecting on their current exhibitions.

Melissa Gordon

Melissa Gordon (1981) is an American artist based in London. She was the winner of the ABN AMRO Kunstprijs 2007 and the Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands in 2005, and studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union in New York and De Ateliers in Amsterdam.

Recent exhibitions include Structures for Viewing at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY (2012), Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2012), Art in the Parking Space at LAX Art, Los Angeles (2012) and Future Forward at The Temporary Stedelijk, Amsterdam (2011). Gordon co-edits LABOUR, a new independent publication on art and work with a feminist perspective with Marina Vishmidt. She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, Cosar HMT, Dusseldorf, and Ancient & Modern, London.

James Richards

James Richards (1983) was born in Cardiff and lives and works in London, where he received a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art and Design in 2006.

Richards was a 2012 recipient of the Derek Jarman award and participated in the LUX Associate Artists Programme in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include James Richards at CCA Kitakyushu, Japan (2012), Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off at Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011) and James Richards at Rodeo, Istanbul (2011). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and screenings including Frozen Lakes at Artist Space, New York (2013), The Imaginary Museum at Kunstverein München, Munich (2012) and The Voice is a Language at Tate Modern, London (2012).

James Richards' website