MCLA Gallery 51 : Richard Criddle - Compendium
Criddle's work is inextricably linked to the idea of "work ethic." As
such, the body of work included in this exhibition serves to celebrate
the individual's ability to affect a difference through craft, planning,
design, skill, and application. His near-obsession with the discovery
and magic of the sculptural process through the use of tools, machines,
and materials, underpins his creative process. He describes the
monumental as being "made possible by directed effort."
For Criddle, who is highly regarded for his ingenuity in his daytime role as MASS MoCA's director of fabrication and installation, sculpture demands a high degree of resourcefulness. According to the artist, he finds "joy in discovering, extracting, blending, articulating, manufacturing, building, sharing, and showing his work." His work reflects his quick-witted sense of humor. The characters and narratives in his sculptures are created from a wide range of materials including "scrap metal, industrial hardware, old furniture, and found objects."
Criddle studied Fine Art Sculpture at the Central School of Art & Design in London where he received a BA (honours) degree. He went on to study bronze casting under Sri Lankan master founder, Tissa Ranasinghe, at the Royal College of Art. He has completed several major public art commissions, most notably his series of seven fabricated steel sculptures 'Industrial Shrines' for the Black Country Route, a major new highway in England's West Midlands. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the UK including twice at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. More recently, Criddle completed a major public sculpture for New Jersey Transit sited outside Penn Station, Newark, NJ.
The fifth annual season of DownStreet Art celebrates the arts on the last Thursday of every month in downtown North Adams. There will be gallery exhibition openings, street musicians, a mural unveiling, and specials at local businesses. The event is free and open to the public. All of the participating artists will be in attendance.
The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the City as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA's visibility, but to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc.
For more information about Criddle's artwork, visit his website: http://www.richardcriddlesculpture.com. Compendium runs through September 23.
MCLA Gallery 51 and DownStreet Art are programs of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. MCLA Gallery 51 is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to www.mcla.edu/gallery51 .