Light Curtain/Drop Sari, Whitworth Art Gallery Commission, 2012
By night Rideal's film was projected out of the the twin gallery stairwells and their linking windows illumined by LEDs performing in synchronous colours to the film. By day, within the galleries, Drop Sari was projected onto white saris blown around by a fake fanned breeze.
Both installations were part of the Cotton Global Threads exhibition, 2012.
Dancing with Borromini, Danzando con Borromini (2009-10)
This ongoing series of photographs captures the decisive moment of cloth falling through space. The baroque ‘backdrops’ are predominantly by Borromini. The focus is on chance and the abstract shapes that occur when silks ‘perform’ in relation the force of gravity.
Borromini's unique interpretation of architectural language became the perfect foil for the sublimated sexual energy of the ephemeral silks. The gauze veiled and revealed details of his buildings, suggesting a human presence by evoking fleeting figures.
The work was shown first at The British School at Rome 2008, Hybrida Contemporanea, Rome in 2010 and as part of Cities Methodologies in London 2010, and continues to be shown.
FREEFALL exhibition at Gallery 339, Philadelphia, USA
26 November - 22 November 2014
Images evoking lightness, mutability and the subtle shifts of changing abstract forms in space.
In her exhibition FREEFALL, Rideal showed photographs, photo-booth prints, photograms, and video exploring her interest in how drapery and water share a sense of movement and form, and how light plays similarly across the surface of both. On view were photographs from the series “London Sails”, that document the infiltration of the solid and seemingly static spaces of Wren and Hawksmoor with vivid swathes of fabric that spin and swirl through the geometry of architecture.
The video piece, “Cloth Cascades,” was shown as both an indoor and outdoor projection, combining images of cloth and water.
FREEFALL, was presented in conjunction with a catalogue that comprises an illustrated survey of Rideal’s work with cloth. This publication features essays by John Onians, Professor Emeritus of World Art at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and Paul Hills, Professor Emeritus at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, together with an interview by Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
This ongoing series of photograms aims to suggest movement by virtue of visual trickery. The paper sizes are standard unless using sensitized silk. All these works employ repetition, juxtaposition of imagery and standardized formatting to create tension and rhythm within the picture plane.
Unique sculptures derived from found materials and also made from plants and trees sometimes from Rideal's central London garden. Made predominantly from wood, objects are burnt out into bronze or cast from moulds in other metals like silver and aluminium. These works often function in company to form larger pieces. Life size.