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.
Browse works by Riley Harmon
On the Beach 1
Riley Harmon On the Beach 1 (2022)
On the Beach 2
Riley Harmon On the Beach 2 (2022)
Riley Harmon Pareidolia Clouds (2022)
(Photo courtesy Metropolis M)
(Private collection Amsterdam)
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.