Richard Healy’s works often take the form of prototypes or blueprints. Embodied through simulations of design, they frequently engage with the digital realm as a means for artistic production, and the acts of labour that are obscured beneath the computer’s programmed facade. An artist engaged with a search for new possibilities for the object, Healy displays an interest in the exhaustion of form, bringing together design pragmatics with conceptual play.
In response to my invitation to exhibit in my project space, and to extend that presentation into a domestic space, Richard Healy has created a new body of works under the title Vetiver*. The exhibition comprises of wall-based prints, domestic ceiling lamps, scented candles and digital film. Key to these works is the exploration of modes of domestic and gallery display, and the role of taste as Healy’s work is positioned within a home.
Stemming from the issue of taste Healy decided to base all the work around his cologne…Comme des Garcons Cologne Series 4 Vetiver. Made into scented candles, described through text and expanded in film the cologne becomes a vehicle for the absent figure of the artist as it permeates the exhibition space for the duration of the show.
* is a perennial grass of the Poaceae family, native to India. Widely used in perfumery, the grass is also used stabilise and purify polluted soil.
Recent solo exhibitions include But Mr Architect!, Furnished Space London (2012); Strategies for Building, Outpost, Norwich (2010). Selected film screenings include Describing Form II (curated by Lucy Reynolds and Gil Lleung) LUX, London (2012); Open File, Grand Union, Birmingham (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Dumb, The Brno House of Art, Brno (2012); Informal, Or-bits.com (2012) Young British Art II (curated by Ryan Gander), Dienstgebaude, Zurich (2012); Hey Guys!, Fotograf, Prague (2011); Young British Art (curated by Ryan Gander), Limoncello, London (2011).
Richard Healy graduated from The Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.
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