Tom Richardson | Big Industrial Zoetrope
Tom Richardson, Rebecca Brewer
I am The Brain,
I am The Beauty,
I am The Brawn,
I am The Fool.
We are the Big Industrial Zoetrope!
VIVO Media Arts Centre presents Big Industrial Zoetrope, a solo exhibition by Winter 2017 Artist-In-Residence, Tom Richardson, with exhibition text by Rebecca Brewer.
Starring Mark Oliver as The Brain and Tommy Chain as The Choir.
The exhibition consists of a kinetic sculpture, a multi-channel animation and sound installation that employs experimental motion capture and game engine animation techniques. Presenting archetypal characters within the setting of a Victorian London street, a disused coal mine, and a theatrical stage.
The Brain represents the conductor of a dysfunctional choir that directs The Fool, a jester that sings and gurns outside a pub. The Brawn, a striking coal miner who eagerly questions: whose side are you on? And The Beauty, a mythical, balding Rock God.
Together forms an ensemble that adopts the thematic elements of zoetrope animation under the ruling of The Brain, an authoritarian dumb machine represented by a functional zoetrope constructed from salvaged materials. Based on the hierarchical relationship between the dumb machine and the ensemble, Richardson eludes to class tensions within distinct moments of Britain’s industrial past.
TOM RICHARDSON (b. 1990, Hastings, UK) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Vancouver. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University where he received the 2015 President’s Media Award for best installation. Centred on animation, Richardson’s practice expands to include sound, sculpture, installation and 2D works. Richardson is a founding member of Duplex, a DIY art space that hosts a gallery and studios on Fraser Street in Vancouver. Recent exhibitions include Rehearsal for a Synthetic Theatre, Field Contemporary, Vancouver (2017), Peer Pressure, Plaza Projects, Richmond (2017), Game/Video Art, Milan Triennale, Italy (2016), The Bureau of True Vision, Spare Room, Vancouver (2016), I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, Flux Gallery, Aceartinc., Winnipeg (2015), and Break the Legs of What I Want to Happen, Access Gallery, Vancouver (2014).
REBECCA BREWER (b. 1983, Tokyo, Japan) lives and works on the Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver. Her work as a visual artist is centred around painting as a medium and as a discourse that can include other media, such as textiles, print and text. Rebecca is also a disorganized organizer—a co-founder of Model Project Space, Vancouver (2014-2016) and a proud member of the Vancouver Tenants Union. New and upcoming projects include Chamber, a domestic music venue, and MESH , a neurodiverse art and science collaborative. Solo exhibitions include The Holding Sky, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2016); The Written Face , Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2014); and Nine Paintings of Ayn Rand, Exercise, Vancouver (2012). Group exhibitions include E ntangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting , Vancouver Art Gallery (2017); Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery (2016); The Fraud that Goes Under the Name of Love , Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2016); L’intruse, Marcelle Alix, Paris (2014); and Skirt the Parlour, and Shun the Zoo, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2013). Brewer received an MFA from Bard College in 2013, a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007, and she was the winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2011.