Richman’s work tends towards aspects of perception and space which can create beautiful, undifferentiated areas of perceptual ambiguity and could be considered as a metaphor of basic tenets of the human condition.
The exhibition will take place simultaneously at two sites in Princelet Street, both of which are beautifully restored Georgian buildings.
Eleven Spitalfields will host an installation of light based work, whilst the private house will show a new series of water based drawings and paintings. Collectively the show will be called ‘Dispersal’ which recognises how the area has been attractive to new immigrants from a variety of cultures through the centuries, who then often move on to disperse amongst the wider community.
The ‘Dispersal’ theme will be manifested in a number of pieces, including a mobile which will interact with the windowed gallery space producing a series of floating letters drifting across the glazing and gallery walls as light reflects, or transmits, the alphabet in English, Hebrew and Bengali. The floating characters will seem to briefly inhabit the space and evanesce as air currents slowly turn the mobile.
The area has a rich history of cultural acceptance and possibility on the fringes of the city, yet allowing relatively inexpensive accommodation to house the newly arrived. Richman’s own family history includes lives led within Whitechapel. It is an area undergoing very substantial changes in recent times and the city often seems about to encroach and invade the small streets.
The exhibition does not attempt to illustrate these migrations and evolvings, but endeavours to tangentially approach the resonances of the area and its historical and current inhabitants.
Richman has shown, and is collected, internationally with a strong reputation for producing work in the public realm, including commissions integrated into the structures of the Olympic Park in east London. He served for three years on the Design Review panel for CABE and has a strong interest in urban design and development.