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As part of our current exhibit, NEW WORK, Randy Richmond has presented a series of beautiful images. Here is what he had to say about this new body of work. 

We are guided by theories. We live by a series of theories until we, or someone else, provides a new theory to live by. The theory of a flat earth continued for many centuries before there was disagreement. Today theories are born, shared, consumed, and adopted at the speed of the internet. The more people that agree on a theory the quicker it becomes the accepted temporary truth of the day.

ADRIFT, Pigment print on Kozo paper,  17 x 24 inches

This body of work I've titled “Flat Earth Theory” began with an exploration of light on a tiny object. The tiny object was a bird nest. The light came through a large south facing window about 20 feet from a large brick house. The house blocked the path of direct sun which created a diffused light with a curious intensity. The surface that held the hummingbird nest was a square topped antique table with curved legs. The dark-stained tabletop is about 20 inches square and has a nice array of character marks gained during it's long existence. While seeming restrictive, the continued use of this same small table in the same space, I believe, will supply an organic evolution of thought as I work through this series. The combination of the curious light, the markings on the table, the proximity of a light toned wall, and the shallow depth of focus, reminded me of images I've seen of old illustrations of how the flat earth appeared in relationship to the rest of the universe. These images usually illustrated great dangers near the edges of the earth, and the safety of maintaining an existence towards the middle zones. In my mind these illustrated dangers represent the theories we create for ourselves, and those created for us by individuals and groups.

A FALSE SENSE OF DEJA VU, Pigment print on Kozo paper,  17 x 24 inches

The subtle mix of warm and slightly cool tones are meant to work with the delicate feel of the kozo paper these images are printed on. Kozo paper is made primarily from mulberry fibers. Because the paper has a relatively soft surface, ink is deeply absorbed into the paper but the dense fibers keep ink from spreading. Sharpness and black density add a tremendous feeling of depth to the prints. Kozo paper is exceptionally strong and completely archival.

Randy's work, along with the rest of the exhibit is on view until October 3.
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