As a supplement to our regular programming, City Hall Art Gallery is pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts to provide a valuable mentorship and professional development opportunity.
The work displayed in this space is a large-scale evolutionary improvisational installation that explores narrative, trauma and mental health. Different media create an overwhelming space, which viewers can explore to discover links between various examples of witticisms, gallows humour, photography, paintings, doodles and videos. Richardson’s work tries to capture the experiential feeling of his everyday existence, one wrought with struggle and strife. The arrangement of the paintings is somewhat architectural; they have a structure, but one that seems as if it could collapse at any moment. Themes of war, darkness and desperation are not presented in a negative light, but as a means of achieving growth.
-Artist statement excerpt
An Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist, PIERRE RICHARDSON holds a BFA (2016) and is currently pursuing an MFA (2018) from the University of Ottawa. As a person who copes with mental health issues, he explores the dark spaces of the mind. He also seeks out narrative where none is evident as a way of communicating with the subconscious and with viewers of his works. http://pierrerichardson.com/