ryder richards invisible hand 2016 art

Invisible Hand

solo exhibition by Ryder Richards

Beefhaus, Dallas [link]
September 24- October 7, 2016

In economics, the invisible hand is a metaphor used by Adam Smith (1776) to describe unintended social benefits resulting from individual actions.

The gallery has character and I intend to remove it. 


Invisible Hand will usher the gallery into an international white-cube aesthetic, immuring the past behind new construction. Drawing from years of gallery labor practice and some critical texts, Richards’ two week art action calls into question dark economics, invisible labor, and artificial context as necessity, as well as the foibles of social practice art, weak authoritarians, gentrification, and Groys’ “strong images.”

The reception will feature a series of short Tom Marioni-esque art actions and talks. Richards will also host an Artists Anonymous (AA) session the following Saturday, October 1, in which artists can share experiences of hitting rock bottom for art in a sympathetic environment. (Booze will be provided.) An Open House will take place as a closing on October 5th, allowing the public to utilize the space for their own art before the gallery is sanctified into the institution we love.

This work draws from a series of Ryder’s previous projects: Redaction of Labor, Redaction of Labor II, Le Bore, and a few others such as The Cube and Presently Bored.


<Audio clips from the 4 art actions 


The opening featured 4 short talks paired with art actions on the topics of the Invisible, Labor, Identity, and Politics.

On October 1, midway through remodeling of the space, Ryder will host an Artists Anonymous event.


  1. 4 Walls: Fight Club style.
  2. Try not to have perspective, just empathy.
  3. Talk or get out.
  4. Drink.


On October 5, for a closing reception, Ryder invites artists to bring in a single piece of art to be photographed within the pristine space.

Press for the exhibit:


GLASSTIRE.com Ryder Richards at Beefhaus, Colette Copeland (October 22) [link]

GLASSTIRE.com Top Five: September 29, 2016, #4 [link]