Riley's creative activity originated as a self-taught filmmaker at a very early age, along with building worlds in a community oriented theater, as both a performer and creative designer. His films, sculptures, installations, and performances build upon the legacy of Bertolt Brecht's epic theater and the concept of Verfremdungseffekt. He uses the conventions of theater and cinema to create a slipstream between para-documentary, fantasy, and fiction. The outcomes often have an otherworldly quality while mirroring and abstracting real world events. Harmon also works on commercial films and visual effects. The innovation that takes place in his artistic and commercial contexts inform, influence, and elevate both.

Unfair - Riley_harmon_pareidoliaclouds-2016-2022

Browse works by Riley Harmon

On the Beach 1
Unfair - Riley_harmon_onthebeach-1-2022

Riley Harmon
On the Beach 1 (2022)
On the Beach 2
Unfair - Riley_harmon_onthebeach-2-2022

Riley Harmon
On the Beach 2 (2022)
Pareidolia Clouds
Unfair - Riley_harmon_pareidoliaclouds-2022

Riley Harmon
Pareidolia Clouds (2022)
Unfair - Riley harmon, photo courtesy metropolis m, artrotterdam 2018, private collection amsterdam

Riley Harmon

(Photo courtesy Metropolis M)

(Private collection Amsterdam)

At ArtRotterdam

Riley Harmon (1987) is an American artist and filmmaker living in the Netherlands. He holds a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and attended the Rijksakademie residency in Amsterdam. Harmon's work and collaborations have been written about in such publications as Rolling Stone, Wired, VICE, Grazia, Neural and American Theatre Magazine. He has presented at venues such as FACT UK Liverpool, NIMK, de Appel, de Oude Kerk, UVA's SPUI25, IDFA at the EYE Film Museum, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the 32nd Biennale of Graphic Arts Ljubljana, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney – as well as self-made contexts.


Discover other artists related to Riley Harmon

Want to make an offer?

You can do it here!

    I want to place a bid on work number

    Bid euro



    Akkoord met voorwaarden.

    Functional Cookies

    This website uses some functional cookies, for instance to remember the cookie settings.

    Additional cookies