Concise Statement

 

My work, like the majority of artists, is a process of reduction; over time the paring down of activity into a distinct, concise act that is the simplest representation of my values for Art and the creative action. Over the past 10 years, I have been interested in initiating actions, constructing visual objects and sonic works which could be described as 'Acts of Folly'.
Examples of such acts would be 'A Song For Jack' (2008) creation of a dog choir for one-time performance and 'Prop' (2005) a 10m mirror sign in the centre of a forest. This methodology has developed into ideas about removing myself from the artwork, initially through the creation of a fictional alter-ego Wally French. Then via a series of works that were hidden and open to 'chance' discovery, I began working with sound as a physical, (yet invisible to the eye), medium. It was at this time I made Phantasien (2010), a film work designed make the viewer fall asleep and engage with their sub-conscious. For 'Soundcar', I built a roof mounted speaker system for a car to allow sound interventions in the community and develop public engagement projects. For 'All These Worlds Are Yours' for g39 Gallery I collaborated with the band Bear-man on a live interventional tour of roundabouts across Cardiff Bay playing a real-time soundtrack from within the car. Sonic works have looked at the idea of imagined presence; at the ICA, London I presented a recording of the silent part of a record, in the enhanced static the listener was drawn into the recording studio and process of creation. Since 2014, I have developed a series of typefaces including 'teilo' which references the first example of written Welsh. Music features again in my recent practice; as part of a residency at the Elan Valley I have written a series of jigs based on recordings of the flow of the water down the mountain sides. I have also worked as a curator in the past 36 months for a self initiated project space, Goat Major Projects. Key showing being The Witching Hour (2012) and Free Mountain (2014).

 

Biog
Richard Higlett is an artist who works across a range of media and as part of this artistic practice he also curates. He works equally with galleries and in the public realm. Previously he has presented installations, sound projects, public interventions and podcasts along with paintings, sculpture and film works. He has shown work throughout the UK and internationally in Montreal, Bruno, New York and Venice, Italy. In 2005 he won the Oriel Davis Open. In 2007, he initiated
Artist Resource Cardiff now ArtCardiff and co-founded Mermaid and Monster an artist-led curatorial agency. In 2009, he was acting Project Manager for Wales at the Venice Biennale and subsequent exhibition tour. In 2011, he co-founded Goat Major Projects a flexible project space in Cardiff. In 2012, he was the first Glynn Vivian Gallery Artist in Residence, exhibited as part of Soundworks, ICA, London and presented a series of public interventions as part of UNSEEN: Experimentica at Chapter, Cardiff. Recently he has had a solo show 'Le Degree' at Chapter and his work will feature in the Book Project, Glynn Vivian 2016. He is currently AIR at the Elan Valley, Wales.
He is an invited artist member of the Contemporary Art Society, London.

 

Recent Solo exhibitions
2015 Le Degre,Interference Chapter, Cardiff Wales UK
2012 Endless Kiss, Goat Major Projects, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2011 Welcome to Your World, G39, Cardiff Wales, UK
2011 Song of the Years End, (l:l) WWSOTA, Carmarthen, Wales, UK
2010 Phantasien, (l:l) Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales, UK
2007 Unbound (Cinema Screenings), Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Some Group exhibitions
2016 The Book Project, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales,UK
2014 Farm Shop, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, Wales, UK
2014 Oriel Davies Open, Newtown, Wales, UK
2013 Colm Cillies Spiral, London Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland, UK
2012 Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2012 Soundworks, ICA London, UK
2011 The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK
2011 Nothing Gold Can Stay, Angelika, High Wycombe, UK
2011 Matt Roberts Salon, Matt Roberts Gallery, London, UK
2011 Rhodio, Pane Vino e San Daniele, Venice, Italy
2011 Sounds of the Valley, Pontadawe Art Centre, Wales, UK
2010 The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK
2010 We Have The Mirrors, Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, UK
2009 Extraordinary Days, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Wales, UK
2008 A Song for Jack Exhibition, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales, UK
2008 Comic Ladder, St Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2008 If you build it they will come, G39 Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2008 Rotate, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
2008 Welsh Artist of the Year, St. Davids Hall, Cardiff, Wales, UK
2008 Re:Drawing, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Wales, UK
2007 6 in 6 weeks, Moot Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2006 Undercover, Oriel Davies gallery, Newtown, Wales, UK
2005 Flourish, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
2005 Anima, Gallery B-312, Montreal, Canada
Residencies
2015 APTElan, Elan Valley, Wales UK
2015 Chicken Shop, Penarth Learning Community, Penarth, Wales, UK
2012 Glynn Vivian Gallery Residency, Swansea, Wales, UK
2014 Chapter Studios Residency, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Live/Performance
2012 Sound Car, Bangor Sound City, Bangor, Wales, UK
2009 SoundPOOL, Sound Festival Cologne and on-line Global.
2008 A Song for Jack, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, Wales, UK
2008 Spin, Artcast Folly, Podcast UK-based organisation.
2008 A Home in Distant Stars, The Daily Constitutional, Podcast, USA based site. Intervention
2012 All These Worlds Are Yours Except... With band Bearman, Cardiff, UK
2003 10,000 Reflective Copper Discs, Urban Legacies:
Aint no love in the heart of the city, CBAT & public sites, Cardiff, UK Competitions, prizes and awards
2006 Creative Wales Award, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff UK
2005 1st prize Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Wales, UK
Selected Publications
2015 Post-war To Post-modern: A Dictionary Of Artists In Wales. Gomer Press
2008 Re:Drawing Catalogue. Oriel Davies Gallery
2008 Re-Imaging Wales 2
2006 Anima Catalogue. G39 Publications
2005 Flourish Catalogue. g39 Publications
Artist Member of Contemporary Art Society, London, UK