• by Richie Culver

by Richie Culver

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by Richie Culver 

"Do nothing."

Original artwork, signed on reverse

Edition 1 of 1

Vinyl on bus panel

25 X 90cm


Born in Hull in the North of England into a working-class family, Culver was not exposed to art growing up and left school with no qualifications to work in a factory making caravans. His practice encompasses diverse elements that range from painting, sculpture and photography to digital performance. Within this, Culver’s work is largely biographical wrestling with aspects of contemporary masculinity, the class system and the digital lens through which we live our lives.

A large proportion of Culver’s practice lies in his antagonistic relationship with technology, the ultimate impermanence of social media and the effects upon human interaction and linguistics, alongside personal and cultural memory. In this regard, much of the material for Culver’s works are formed from images collected on his phone including mundane mobile photography, google translate and notes apps screenshots containing excerpts of conversations, phrases and information.

These screenshots are then blown up and printed on canvas, ultimately forming a visual record of an inner monologue that is fractured and at times disconnected. For example, short phrases translated into different languages and obscured by overpainting creates a visual metaphor for the quick ease at which these digital innovations create a superficial human connection that is ultimately alienated from true apperception.

Text by Abby Mckenzie

FAD Magazine managed to grab a few minutes with Richie to talk about this exhibition, homelessness and his commission for the 4BYSIX C.I.C. sale.

Are Hong Kong & Lisbon boring? 
Never been to Hong Kong. I much prefer Porto over Lisbon. 

Sometimes boredom is good isn’t it? 
This window presentation is about boredom and the complexities around that specific word. 

Can you tell us about the show and how it’s been working with 4BYSIX C.I.C.
4BYSIX contacted me and explained their work and how it was connected to helping the homeless in London. I like what they are doing. So I agreed to do it. I hope the panel I made can help in some way / raise some money to help tackle the ongoing homeless problem in London. 

Do you need a curator?

Was there something specific that helped you get out of being homeless?
For me and my personal situation. There came a crossroads. I was getting older and life was passing me by. I made a decision to change everything and this involved getting sober. That way I could begin to rebuild my life from the bottom up with a clear mind. I’ve been sober for a long time now. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

A, B or C? 

Are you doing anything special for Frieze?