Photo: Jeff Louie
Kelly Richardson - Whitley Bay, UK
Mariner 9, 2013
34 - Commerce Court, 25 King Street West (East of Bay Street.)
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Kelly Richardson’s Mariner 9 is a life-size, 12-metre-long panoramic view of a Martian landscape
set hundreds of years in the future, littered with the rusting remains of various missions to the planet.
Despite its suggested state of abandonment, several spacecraft continue to partially function and do
their intended jobs, seeking signs of life, transmitting the data back to no one.
Mariner 9 was created using scenery-generation software employed by the film and gaming industries
in combination with technical data from NASA's missions to Mars to produce a faithful artist's rendering
of a Martian terrain, populated by debris from centuries of exploration featuring real and imagined spacecraft
in the centre of a dust storm.
Richardson draws on science-fiction cinema, literature and the history of landscape painting. Her
digital videos interweave fine art, animation, real footage of natural wildernesses and CGI, to create
highly sophisticated and immersive works realised over many months and sometimes years. She has shown
in the Beijing, Gwangju and Busan biennales, TIFF, Sundance Film Festival and has exhibited in major
museums including the Hirshhorn Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Musée d’art contemporain
de Montréal and Art Gallery of Ontario.
Originally commissioned by Tyneside Cinema, UK
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Planetside Software, NewTek
Represented by Birch Libralato, Toronto