Uncompromising Tang, March 1, 2014
Ryder Richards (aside as intro): I met Ian F. Thomas while he was in graduate school and I was running an alternative art space. He was continually collaborating and pushing boundaries while I was hosting events and creating new venues for display. Finding we had a similarly ambitious drive fueled by a bizarrely protestant and alcohol-fueled work ethic we started the Culture Laboratory Collective. We have worked together on international exhibits, collaborative shows and art works, and have plotted and schemed around the ever-elusive vanishing point of success.
Oliver Francis Gallery in Dallas hosted one installment of the ongoing, multi-faceted, multi-venue arts attack known as DB14 (Dallas Biennial 2014). The exhibit itself is untitled, and is a balance between curated exhibit of photographic practices and intentionally separate showcasing of three distinct artists.
Another year-end review you shouldn’t read. But, if you like pictures and few words this may not be too painful. Below is a synopsis of exhibits, articles, and art-world experiences.
Culture Laboratory Collective: An Investigation of Extra-Terrestrial Issues for the Uninitiated
curated by Ryder Richards
Friday, May 3, 2013
The Cube, Roswell, New Mexico
Concerned with the cultural impact of the ‘other’ upon a specific community the Culture Laboratory investigates the occurrence of U.F.O. and Extra-Terrestrial life related to Roswell, New Mexico. [link] Seeing as the government offered multiple stories over a period of years concerning the infamous UFO crash of 1947 a tacit breech of trust between the citizenry and the government has lead to an increasing warp in the fabric of truth surrounding these events. Recognizing the unknown as infinitely more captivating and worth exploring seven Culture Laboratory members have created a piece as a response to aliens, the region and it’s most recognizable incident.
Through April 17th, Roswell Museum and Art Center will be showing new works by Ryder Richards in an exhibition titled Conflicted. Ryder, who received his BFA in painting and drawing from Texas Tech in 2001, is currently a fellow at the RAiR program in Roswell, NM. Drawing equal inspiration from his upbringing and his travels through Europe, where he studied classical architecture and Renaissance sculpture, the work that Ryder has thus far produced at RAiR—the work on display in Conflicted—infuses Greek myths with Western ideologies. Guns and gods appear alongside one another. Continue reading