2008 | HD video installation, 16′ x 9′ (variable) with audio, Edition of 5
Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery (USA)
Bewildered by Nature: Kelly Richardson by Stephan St-Laurent (for Art Star 4 Video Art Biennial at SAW Gallery)
Like much of Richardson’s work, Twilight Avenger poses multiple questions amidst its calculated ambiguities. The scene is at once visually convincing and obviously synthetic, peaceful and disquieting, shifting between stillness and action. As the scene unfolds, questions remain whether the protagonist is some sort of forest sentinel, as the title implies, or perhaps a victim of a man-made mishap.
Ultimately, Richardson leaves such questions unanswered, leveraging our belief in the visual document with the evocative power of the imaginary. Through painstaking application of digital effects to documentary images (Richardson filmed the deer and landscape elements in Canada and England respectively) she invites us to question the integrity of images and asks viewers to consider our increasingly mediated relationship with nature.” Matthew Suib, Screening Gallery
Supported by ISIS Arts
Photo credits (in order of appearance): Kelly Richardson, Kelly Richardson, Colin Davison