Richard Launder (1953, UK) is based in London. His BA in Ceramics is from University College of the Arts (WSCAD) Farnham UK, and is now professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Julia Collura (1963, USA) is based in London. Bachelor & Master degrees in Music: Piano Performance (Hunter College, State University of New York: MA in Educational Theatre: New York University and Goldsmiths College, London UK.
Returned to London 6 years ago, having been formerly based in New York for 15 years. Affiliated as professor, with the National Academy of Art & Design (KHIB) Bergen, Norway, for more than 25 years. An active interdisciplinary practice means that he is also a regular guest artist, exhibiting internationally with works in many collections & collaborations with a number of industrial & social contexts. Working within the fields of sculpture, site specific or contextual installation, often performative - they are frequently staged in public spaces - working through strategies having roots in Situationist & hybrid practices.
Born: Riber, Debyshire, UK
Is a visiting artist at KHIB, Bergen, Norway and former PGCE Course Leader at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. For Topographies of the Obsolete she is collaborating with Richard Launder.
As an artist, my stance is an inclusive pluralist/interdisciplinary position, which often, though not exclusively involves a contextual, ephemeral and/or participatory approach. Recent work at the Centre for Contemporary Art (TSSK) Trondheim (2013) & Rom 8, KHIB Research Gallery, Bergen (2012) Norway: 'where a work can be light, airy, fragile and seemingly insubstantial, transient/temporary and may self-destruct at any moment' (Chocks & Struts, installations combined with performance)
Focusing upon the peripheral, the transient, the un-fixed, the nebulous, have been axis points of my on-going works, & connected to my R&D activities at KHIB, for some years.
The relationship between the time-based 'held' works & the expanded works that result from this type of restless hybrid strategy creates a range of phenomena: works.
Installation, which is sculptural, performative & contextual or culturally specific, (various materials) By juxtapositioning fields, which are 'strange bedfellows': video/photo with clay/ceramic much unknown territory opens up.
Richard Launder at KHiB