Richard Höglund, ‘Crans’, 2011, Nina Johnson

About Richard Höglund

Steeped in philosophy and language, Richard Höglund produces works on paper, videos, performances, installations, and photographs, all grounded in what he views as the most fundamental expressive form: drawing. As he explains: “Drawing is about making marks, and those marks [. . .] need to be sensitive and responsive. The marks need to be unmediated as much as possible, to be made with the least amount of obstructions between mind, hand, tool, surface.” For Höglund, drawing is as close as we can get to our thoughts before they become inevitably altered by language. He explores this omnipresent (mis)translation in works like There is a danger of an outcome that neither of us desires (2010-11), a video in which he overlays multiple voices onto his reading of a twice-translated poem, illustrating the ever-present “danger” of misunderstanding when thoughts become words.

American, b. 1982, New York, NY, United States, based in Lisbon, Portugal