Richard Rigg

Nominated By: Emily Marsden, Curator at Hatton Gallery
Region: North East

Richard Rigg

Rigg reproduces and manipulates everyday objects, turning them into theoretical conundrums or playful propositions. He asks us to look at the everyday again from a simple wall hook to desks or chairs, interrogating the familiar and its surrounds.

Drawing upon the history of science, mathematics and literature, Rigg’s minimal works have a delightful, witty simplicity that pitches reason against itself to undermine our rational and habitual understanding of objects and their meanings.

In addition to his cross-disciplinary investigations Rigg’s work exemplifies a wide-ranging mastery of different media. He uses considerable technical skill in the production of his works from carpentry to the use of early photographic methods to record the vanishing trace of a knot.  In other instances, Rigg turns to found objects to explore his ideas; installing two telegraph poles into the gallery invites a completely different view of the buildings architecture and space.

Richard Rigg was born in Cumbria in 1980 and received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2005. Recent exhibitions include ‘King Fisher’s Tales’, Union, London, (2008); ‘Morphic Resonance’, PSL, Leeds (2009); Zoo Art Fair, London (2009); ‘Suns Neither Rise nor Set’, Royal College of Art, London (2009); ‘The Glass Delusion’, NGC, Sunderland (2010); ‘Cage Mix’, Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2010); ‘Holography’, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead (2010); ‘Broken Fall (organic)’, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna (2011); ‘Quiet Works’, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia (2011). Rigg is represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead. He currently lives and works in Newcastle.

Photographs: Simon Warner and David Lindsay.