Gunpowder Guns {Details_part IV}

“Swedish Knorr-Bremse” gunpowder, graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

I found this interesting… This gas-operated light machine gun was commissioned by the Swedish, a country notoriously unallied and known for precision mechanics.  The gun was developed in the Knorr-Bremse brake manufacturing plant. The gun was notorious for it’s poor reliablity, or it’s tendency to break.

“MG 42 (a.k.a. Hitler’s Zipper)” gunpowder, graphite on paper, 30″x 22″

Here is what I find interesting about this weapon… It was developed in response to a contest. The winner (Metall und Lackierwarenfabrik Johannes Großfuß AG of Döbeln) had a factory that usually made lanterns. The gun fired such a high rate of rounds per minute it developed the nickname “Hitler’s Zipper.”
It was also called ‘Spandua’ by British troops, which is the same German plant that produced an earlier gun I drew (see thumbnail to the left).

video of the Swedish Knorr-Bremse burn:


Details {pt. III}

“lMG 08/18 (est. 1918)”_  30″x 22”, graphite, pigment on paper.

This gun is an air-cooled light machine gun (lMG). It had a very short lifespan made towards the end of WWI. It also had a tendency to overheat, which means that the perforations that make the gun so visually interesting did not serve the purpose for which they were designed.

“.270 Winchester” _ 30″x 22″, graphite, pigment on paper.

This is a gun I used to hunt antelope and deer.

5×7 drawings

Medici Circle holds annual charity events to create scholarship opportunities for Texas Tech School of Art. The 5×7 format includes a dinner and the chance to buy as many 5″x7″ art pieces as one can get their hands on. Each art piece costs $75. I contributed 3 pieces this year, but have continued to utilize the format as a way to test out variations on theme and materials.

These pieces are made with a combination of materials including one or more of the following: graphite, pigment, and/or gunpowder on 5″x7″ stonehinge paper.

Ryder Jon Piotrs at “Art in the District”

Ryder Jon Piotrs will be presented by Ro2 Art at Art in the District.
Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard, Dallas
Friday- Sunday, Feb 5-7, 2010.

The 1st Annual Dallas Art In The District Art Fair features an array of contemporary emerging art galleries [and artists]. Art In The District provides participating galleries [and artists] with a platform to present new works to a strong and growing audience. Art In The District is for everyone from the first-time buyer to the art savvy collector.

The event is an attempt to present more localized arts and galleries during the Dallas Art Fair, which boasts 45 international art dealers and an attendance of over five thousand in 2009. “Art in the District” was conceived and realized by Ro2 Art, comprised of Jordan Roth and Susan Roth-Romans, and Bryan Embry of Ross Akard Gallery.

The Fairmount, 1717 N. Akard Street, Dallas, is directly across the street from the Dallas Art Fair held at the F.I.G. in downtown Dallas. The exhibition will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

SIDESHOW: {preview of selected works for ‘Art in the District’ }
A selection of works on view with Dallas Public Arts Project at ThirdSpace,
located at 1608-C Main Street (next door to Neiman Marcus).

AFTER PARTY at Thirdspace on Tuesday the 9th of Feb!

Stop by if you get a chance… Please call or e-mail Ryder for more information.


Ro2 Art is proud to showcase works from:
Letitia Eldridge
Elizabeth Akamatsu
Ryder Richards
Piotr Chizinski
Jonathan Whitfill
Sue Anne Rische
J. Derrick Durham
Yan Macs


7mm Trajectory: Projection, 2010
gunpowder, gold leaf, graphite, acrylic, wood _ 24″x 48″x 12″

.243 Trajectory: Repression, 2010
gunpowder, gold leaf, graphite, acrylic, wood _ 24″x 48″x 12″

These are pieces I made over the holidays. They are a more complicated exlopration of the Trajectory pieces I made in 2009. Viewing these pieces as cultural portraits based on my upbringing in New Mexico creates an emotional read belied by the symmetry and structure. Each element [gold, graphite horizon, gunpowder trajectory, and the complex structure] provides symbolic content commenting on the the psychological impact of classical masculine cultures.

Video of some of the burns: