Wednesday, September 24, 5:30 – 7:30PM

September 24, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Hannah Rickards | Grey light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows, 2014

Grey light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows, 2014


Works that interest me most have a fragility or an indeterminacy to their form, surface, boundaries – works that, in Cage’s words are “less like an object and more like the weather.”

— Hannah Rickards in conversation with Adam Chodzko


Fogo Island Arts is pleased to present a major new piece by Hannah Rickards. Grey light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows (2014) is a two-screen projected video installation with eight channels of sound. Structured rhythmically around the pattern of a foghorn sounding, the piece finds its origins in the notion of the foghorn as an auditory marker for non-visibility, or imagelessness.

The piece is a choreography for camera and two performers developed on the basis of recordings of Seldom Community Hall, the only meeting room on Fogo Island within which the foghorn is audible. One screen presents slow, punctuated tracking shots of the hall, that were used as a ‘score’ for the performers and camera, whose shifting series of gestures and interactions are shown on the other screen.

The sound presents a detailed spatial image of Seldom Community Hall, with the room acting as a container for those sounds generated by the atmospheric conditions outside, such as the percussive clack of the air vent, the radiators and the foghorn itself; this varies in audibility, and is at times registered only in the paused movements and gestures of the performers.

Across the six movements of this piece, which takes cues from the compositional approaches of composers such as Morton Feldman and John Cage, the dynamics of action, causation, form and improvisation shift across the two screens of the work and beyond it into the staging and framing of the exhibition: objects, images and diagrams used as props within the footage are also present in the gallery.

The work’s non-linear structure involves a series of overlapping frames of reference. Within this, a continuous drift back and forth between different forms of attention allows one to look as one might listen, and listen as one might look.

A forthcoming catalogue including texts by Melissa Gronlund and Will Holder and a conversation between Hannah Rickards and Nicolaus Schafhausen will accompany the exhibition.



Director/editor: Hannah Rickards
Producer: Asta Meldal Lynge
Sound designer: Marco Dölle
Colorist: Jason R. Moffat


Actors: Catriona James and Ted Schmitz
DoP & lighting : Edward Tucker
Sound recording: Charlie Nash
Runners: Camille Summers Valli and Bryony Hussey

Fogo Island

DoP: Asta Meldal Lynge
Sound recording: Marco Dölle
Technician: Cyril Lynch
Production coordinator: Jack Stanley
Production assistants: Heather Morton and Iris Stünzi

Production support from Luke Hall, Fraser Muggeridge, NIFCO (Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative), Justin Penton, Andy Ramsay, Ruaidhri Ryan, Justin Simms, Sally Shaw, Tilly Shiner, Paul Teigh and Nikhil Vettukattil

Co-curators: Nicolaus Schafhausen and Jack Stanley



Hannah Rickards lives and works in London. Educated at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her recent solo exhibitions include: Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (2014); Artspeak, Vancouver (2010); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009); Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, (2009); and The Showroom, London (2007). Rickards’ work has featured in recent group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2013); S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles (2013); Murray Guy, New York (2011); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); ICA, London (2008); Johann Koenig, Berlin (2007); and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006). Rickards was recipient of the second edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.



Fogo Island Arts is a residency-based contemporary art venue that supports research and production of new work by artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators and scholars from around the world. Most of our initiatives are developed in conjunction with national and international partners. These collaborations enhance knowledge through the sharing of resources, strengthening capacities and stimulating critical dialogue.

All of the exhibitions presented in the Fogo Island Gallery are curated by Fogo Island Arts and showcase work produced within the context of our residency program. Exhibition catalogues produced in partnership with Sternberg Press (Berlin), accompany each exhibition, helping to provide critical context for the understanding of each artist’s work.



Fogo Island Arts would like to thank the following institutions for their generous support: Shorefast Foundation, Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Research Office of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.


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Nov. 16, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015  |  Saturdays 1:30 – 3:00 and by appointment
Feb. 1 – Apr. 6, 2015  |  9:00 – 9:00, 7 days/week
Fogo Island Gallery will be closed for holidays: Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 9, 2015

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