Richard Sides, born 1985 in Rotherham, UK, studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Recent exhibitions of his work include KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin (2020) and a solo show at Kunstverein Braunschweig (2019). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including Stadtgalerie Bern (2019), the Swiss Institute, New York (2018), and Ludlow 38, New York (2017). Under the “Bus” label, Sides has continuously published music, texts, and art projects on his website since 2010.
In an eclectic body of work that includes video, sculpture, collage, painting, music, and text, Richard Sides reflects on social trends and tensions. His way of working is characterised by improvisation and collaborative processes. Using methods of appropriation and sampling, he creates dense film essays that weave together everyday observations, contradictory statements, and critical analysis of social processes like the world of work. Sides draws from an extensive archive of materials and digital images that are continually reassembled and recombined. In this process, new associations constantly emerge and intertwine in the alogical stream of his narratives.