Vancouver, BC, Canada
About Jamey Richards
Born: Owen Sound, ON, Canada - 1975 Studio: in-situ design About the Work: Series I & II_Seclus Entoma: "the hidden insect" There is an apprehension and an appreciation of insect fauna; interest stems from how they both influence and hinder human civilization. The influence of insects in literature, language, music, the arts, history, and religion has been recognized. As a conspicuous part of our environment, insects have captured our imaginations and become incorporated into our thinking from earliest times. Although the insect is commonly considered a low form of life that deserves only contempt, it is justifiable to contemplate the rightful relationships between humans and insects. Almost no aspect of our culture is untouched by these creatures. It is clear that culture is another sphere in which adaptability has compensated for the basically alien arthropod form and comportment. The metamorphosis of creatures, that usually irritate or disgust into objects of art and intrigue, challenges us to find beauty in unexpected places. It is this underlying fascination of the insects' exoskeleton [or body wall] both aesthetically and architecturally that creates metaphors both formally and structurally. Meaningful form is not limited to man and his works but to all things and all beings. In order to understand and interpret natural processes and how it influences form, there needs to be an understanding and examination of causation: systems, patterns, and temporality. In result, these works become the product of an approach to science, technology, and the natural world. Because of their inherently provocative forms and pleasing colors, insect fauna provides the principle theme for the series. Thus, these works become a representation of the formal qualities and diversity among insect fauna. Color and spatial organization are integrated to demonstrate contrast between abstraction and detail; backgrounds are bold and highly defined to articulate the subject matter. The highly sophisticated, intricate morphological pattern of the insect demonstrates both unique mechanical design and function. Diversity in the size, shape, and body composition provides a foundation both mysterious and intriguing. Series III: Gregaria gregaria (L) - living in flocks, herds or communities; inclined by nature to association or community life with others of the same species. These works become a representation of the natural groupings among species of insects. Behavioral/ ecological information is provided in an abstract manner; composition of line, shape and color develop the narrative for each piece. The works are built upon space, proportion and arrangement. Interest in the behavioral organization found in specific constitutions of insect fauna has influenced the integration of color, composition, and texture. Removal of the insects from their natural habitats places emphasis on the exoskeletal form and surface texture. It is this graphical isolation that reinforces both the mystery and interpretation of these animals. The works investigate the 'layering' of these narratives, further describing the complexities and inter-/intra-dependencies of the fauna; how they influence the existence and propagation of individual and gregarious species. In result, each painting describes a certain biological niche; a symbiosis between the morphological and behavioral. The 'micro' topography of the insect exoskeleton reveals both the complexities and aesthetics of the insect form. These particular instances accentuate the complexity of the morphological/ structural assemblages as well as describing the whole organism. The complexities become repeated/ manipulated into a spatial pattern. This process of repetition illustrates the paradox that the insect presents as a complex organism.
Jamey Richards received his B.Sc. in Entomology from the University of Victoria in 1999, and his M.Arch from the University of Toronto in 2003. As an entomologist and ecologist, Jamey has focused his architectural studies on sustainable and bioclimatic design.
His thesis project, Field Station for Entomological Studies, has received several awards including the ARCC/ King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research, the 2004 Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence and an Honourable Mention: Ideas & Presentations for the 2005 OAA Awards of Excellence. His interest in zoology and ecology has led him to design pursuits and research in natural systems.
As an artist/ entomologist, 'insect tectonics' has and continues to have a significant and inspirational impact on his design process and biological investigation. Jamey's academic experiences has provided the foundation for the skills and knowledge associated with the reaearch and representation of the various species of insects. His interest in insect subject matter has influenced his appreciation of the aethetic and mechanical complexity of the insect form.
2008: "Gregaria" _ Self-produced exhibition, Turks & Caicos Islands, BWI
2006: "Gregaria" _ Bobby Five Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006: "Entoma" _ Mercury Bar, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006: "Entoma" _ Pulp Kitchen, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006: "Gregaria" _ Club 36: TD Waterhouse Tower, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006: "Gregaria" _ RAW: Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON, Canada
2006: "Gregaria" _ Self-produced exhibition, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005: "Decide" _ Group Exhibition - KnightFlight Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005: "Square Foot" _ Group Exhibition - AWOL Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005: "Seclus Entoma"_Self-produced exhibition, Toronto, ON, Canada
2005: "Hope" _ Group Exhibition - Hangman Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2004: "Meaningful Form" _ Speak Easy Group Exhibition - Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada,