In these new colour works which share a confluence of natural light and saturated depth of colour, geometric shapes are choreographed with undulating colour backgrounds.An uncanny gravity makes these images difficult to completely fathom. Sometimes colours are in-sync or out of sync, shifted on the horizontal or vertical and with varied shades of intensity. There are discrepancies between shadows and the synergies of physical colour split in two offer up a possible immediate visual seduction. This architecture of saturated colour and space with its geometric punctuations and crispness of technicolour highlights the subtleties of a simple yet rigorous play with shadow, light and colour.
Richard Caldicott’s new colour work, Signals, aims in part, to pay tribute to Signals Gallery, London. Founded in the mid 1960’s it was characterized by creative innovation and exploration toward new ideas of modernity. Signals Gallery was an experimental new gallery for contemporary art of that time. Providing a platform for European, Latin American and Asian artists working especially in the field of abstraction, kinetic arts, technology and sciences, among others topics.
Reference to Signals Gallery, London (1964-66)
Founded by David Medalla, Gustav Metzger and Marcello Salvadori.
Celebrated internationally for its ground-breaking exhibitions by artists including Lygia Clark, Jesus Rafael Soto and Mira Schendel.
With this new work, Richard Caldicott reveals once again his jubilant pleasure of exploration and enchanted lyricism of combinations. Since his acclaimed series featuring Tupperware in the 1990s, Richard Caldicott has continually challenged photographic codes of representation in favor of new aesthetic and symbolic intentions. The result is stunningly beautiful abstract work that is both self-contained and part of a larger dialogue, with nods to iconic minimalism, Color Field paintings, and pop re-appropriation.
Since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 1987, Richard Caldicott’s work has been acquired in several significant public and private collections, including the Peter C. Ruppert Collection; Museum im Kulturspeicher, Germany; Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX; Goldman Sachs International, London; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Sir Elton John Collection, Los Angeles / London; Gert Elfering Collection, Miami; Karl Blossfeldt / Albert Renger-Patzch Collection / Ann and Jürgen Wilde, Köln; and Fidelity Worldwide Investment, London, among others. His work has been exhibited extensively in solo and group shows, as well as several art fairs, including Art Basel, Photo Miami, Paris Photo, FIAC, The AIPAD Photography Show, and the Venice Biennale. Richard Caldicott was born in 1962 and currently lives in London.