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Jez Riley French
Focusing extensively on sound as both material and subject JrF’s work over the past four decades has involved installation, intuitive composition, scores, film and photography.
Alongside performances and exhibitions Jez lectures and run workshops in various countries on field recording / located sound as an art form and has also developed a range of specialist microphones widely used by recordists, sound artists, musicians, sound designers and cultural organisations. He also works as a curator of live events, of a record label, of sound installations and an arts zine ‘verdure engraved’.
In recent years he has been working extensively on long form recordings of surfaces, spaces and situations and developing the concept of photographic scores and ‘scores for listening’.
Aspects of his work have been exhibited or performed in events and installations alongside that of Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Jana Winderen, Chris Watson, Alvin Lucier, Annea Lockwood, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Éliane Radigue, Hildegard Westerkamp, Stars of the Lid, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Lucas, Signe Liden etc, at galleries including Tate Modern (UK), The Whitworth (UK), Paradise Air (Japan), MoT - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan), Spikersuppa Lydgalleri , Oslo (Norway), Baltic (UK), Steklenik (Slovenia), Museo Reina Sofia (Spain), Catalyst Arts (N. Ireland), The Whitworth Gallery (UK) , Artisphere (USA), Harpa (Iceland), Mengi (Iceland), The Wired Lab (Australia), Mullae Art Space (Korea), q-02 (Belgium) etc. During 2017 he was commission by the UK’s City of Culture, Hull 2017, to deliver or be involved in several key projects inc. Height of the Reeds & North Atlantic Flux.
Currently Jez is working on several major projects inc. one focused on the design & detail of spaces between buildings in Japan and further works exploring structures resonated by compositions and their locales . He is also working with his daughter, the artist Pheobe riley Law, on a series of performative collaborations.
Key works are pieces capturing the sound of the dolomites dissolving, ants consuming fallen fruit, buildings vibrating, teleferica’s interacting with locales, the infrasound of domestic spaces around the world, glaciers melting in Iceland and the tonal resonances of natural and human objects in the landscape. jezrileyfrench.co.uk full cv available at: https://jezrileyfrench.co.uk/cv.ph