Here at Masculinity In Question not only did I want to provide a platform for me to professionally present my artwork and "Constructed Situations" but also to stimulate a significantly experience for each individual audience member regarding the complicated socio-political issues of masculinity in 2021.
“Constructed Situations”, a term coined by Tino Sehgal, is a concept that Marc Richardson has reinvented, consciously using multiple disciplines including photography and digital media, as a form of socially engaged art to explore masculinity. Richardson’s practice functions to stimulate discussions and significantly unique experiences via audience participation, intersubjectivity and ephemerality to explore certain complexities of masculinity. Each “Constructed Situation” develops into the next to explore the influence of the media on queer culture, addressing socio-political issues such as male objectification, male body standards and queer masculinity.
Marc Richardson from Nottingham Trent University initiated a collaboration with Coventry University graduate Kieran Rea for the creation of the sound artwork: Masquerade. Rea contributed their sound engineering skills using the DAW software FL Studio to amalgamate various voices, sounds and words which were quoted and recorded from a questionnaire conducted by Richardson. This was combined with the concept of “Constructed Situations”, a term coined by Tino Sehgal, incorporating audience participation and intersubjectivity to provoke discussions and experiences on masculinity in relation to male mental health, as a form of socially engaged art.
2018- Present- BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University
2017-2018- Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design- Foundation Studies, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (Merit)
2021- Chevalet Gallery, Cheltenham High Street, Cheltenham and Bonington, Nottingham
2021- One Thousand Raise Their Arms Up, virtual reality online exhibition, available from: https://www.artsteps.com/view/608d1ed4533baa69c694eb83?currentUser
2021- Why The Fuck Are You Here, virtual reality online exhibition, available from: https://www.artsteps.com/view/5fa456c22bd7a9041abc4c65?currentUser
2021- Oh No! Where’s My Show?, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham (Forthcoming)
2021- Stream Summercamp Extra Ordinary People (EOP), Digital Arts Festival, Eastside Projects (Forthcoming)
2020- Double Vision 2020, The Lucifer Effect, Digital Arts Festival- A collaboration with Eleanor Curry, Rheann Murry, Jake Smith and Stephani Ermogenidou, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2018- SGS- Foundation Exhibition, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Stroud
2018- Paint On Paint On Paint, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Stroud
2017- Balcarras Degree Show 2017, Balcarras, Cheltenham
2021- Masquerade, sound piece, 4:48 mins, incorporating participatory art- A collaboration with Kieran Rea (BA Psychology, Coventry University)
2021- Untitled (Harriet Collins), sound piece, 16:34 mins, incorporating participatory art- A collaboration with Harriet Collins (BA Fine Art, Manchester School of Art)
2021- Untitled (Alice Summers), sound piece, 14:50 mins, incorporating participatory art- A collaboration with Alice Summers (BA Spanish and Chinese, University of Leeds)
2018- Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare, photography- A collaborative project with Ruby Mountford (South Gloucestershire and Stroud College)
2021-Present- Curator of Chevalet Gallery, Nottingham/Cheltenham, website available from: https://marcrichardson930.wixsite.com/chevalet Instagram available from: https://www.instagram.com/chevaletgallery/
2021-present- Committee for Oh No! Where’s My Show?, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham (Forthcoming)
2019-2020- Student Ambassador, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2019- present- Self-employed prints and commissions business, Marc Richardson Art, Nottingham/Cheltenham, website available from: https://www.marcrichardsonart.com/ Instagram available from: https://www.instagram.com/marcrichardson930art/
2021-Present- Articles/Critiques, Masculinity In Question, Nottingham/Cheltenham, available from: https://marcrichardson930.wixsite.com/masculinity/copy-of-contexts
2021- India Woodliffe (Private collection), The Butterfly, acrylic painting, 41 x 42cm, Nottingham
2020- Freddie Ellams (Private collection), Delicacy, acrylic painting, 42 x 60cm, Cheltenham
2020- Jean-Luc Mur (Private collection), Étoile, acrylic painting, 30 x 30m, Montpellier
2019- Clive Grethe (Private collection), Untitled, acrylic painting, 44 x 42cm, London
2021-present- Member of Extra Ordinary People (EOP) at Eastside Projects, available from: https://eastsideprojects.org/esp/members/
2021- Extra Ordinary People (EOP) 1-2-1 discussion workshop with Zoe Sawyer the Offsite Curator at Eastside Projects
2021- Student Showcase 2021, online showcase, Nottingham (Forth Coming)
2021- Artwork featured in We Know City available at: https://www.instagram.com/weknowcity/
2017- Level 3 Extended Project Qualification, Is there a difference between art and food?, sugar sculpture, dimensions variable, Cheltenham
Nottingham and Cheltenham-based multidisciplinary artist Marc Richardson, who is half French, is in their final year at Nottingham Trent University studying BA Hons Fine Art. Richardson’s experience of growing up as a queer male in the twenty-first century has inspired their practice exploring aspects of queer masculinity via “Constructed Situations”. Richardson runs two websites, the first is Masculinity In Question which exhibits the artist’s university artworks; the second Marc Richardson Art is a business for the artist’s merchandise. Some of the artist’s latest achievements include the curation of Chevalet Gallery and the solo online exhibition One Thousand Raise Their Arms Up (2021). Richardson has collaborated outside of Nottingham Trent University, including with Kieran Rea (Coventry University), Harriet Collins (Manchester School of Art) and Alice Summers (University of Leeds). Another key experience in their practice was becoming a member of Extra Ordinary People at Eastside Projects. A forthcoming exhibition that Richardson will feature in is Stream Summercamp Extra Ordinary People and Oh No! Where’s My Show? at One Thoresby Street where the artist is a member of its committee. Richardson will further refine the concept of “Constructed Situations” to explore other aspects of masculinity after graduating from Nottingham Trent University.