Upcoming: “Trajectory” in San Antonio, TX

Ryder Richards: solo exhibition

Friday, July 2- 30, 2010
OPENING RECEPTION: First Friday, July 2, 2010, 6-9 pm

I was offered a chance to exhibit at the Cactus Bra Space; an independently owned and artist run gallery in San Antonio, TX. The space is roughly 14′ x 16′, which is great for creating a really focused exhibition or installation. (I don’t know if I am capable of that focus, but I will try.)

I would love to do an installation… Right now I am thinking of building a curving wall into the space and making a drawing that moves through the space. More updates to come as I begin construction.

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Speaking about Visual Art

I have been invited to lecture or talk for a prolonged period of time about my art.

University of North Texas: College of Visual and Performing Arts in Denton, TX has invited me to discuss my art with the 2D foundations students this afternoon. Apparently they have a couple hundred students and a huge projection screen which my work will be shown on. The bigger the better…
I have also been invited to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania as a Guest Artist in April. I will be giving a presentation on my art, a demonstration of how I utilize gunpowder to make art, and visiting several studios.

I recently co-jurored the Young American Talent 2010 regional high school exhibition at El Centro College, Dallas.

I will also be doing portfolio reviews for ISAS 2010 Fine Arts Restival at St. Mark’s College Prep in Dallas in April. I will be doing a workshop of some sort… I don’t think they want me to do the gunpowder demo for a bunch of 15 and 16 year old boys. Go figure.

5×7 drawings {part II}

Arthouse at the Jones Center
“5×7 Annual Fundraiser”
Austin, TX

Arthouse holds an annual 5″x7″ art auction. This event has become the model for groups like the Texas Tech Univ. School of Art based group Medici Circle who also hold large 5×7 fundraisers.

I have been invited to take part in this years event, which is quite an honor.

The fundraiser is on Friday, May 14, 2009 with a preview party for participating artists and their guests on Thursday, May 13. Following the exhibition in Austin, “5×7 On The Road” travels to Houston and Dallas as well as Abilene, where the show co-benefits the Grace Museum.

(I can’t help but slip in a lengthy comment about the irony of the whole donate art situation: You always hear about the starving artist… the artists who need a major institution to help them achieve that next level in their career…  It seems like a strange karmic loop that as much as an artist wants to be recognized by these institutions so they can move forward in their careers, utilize the institutions reputations and capitalize on their resources these places need the artists, too. It feels so good to be needed. )

Dallas Public Arts Project

I was recently involved in an event called ‘Sideshow’ at a place operated by the Dallas Public Arts Project.

In appreciation for their mission I helped them a bit on some design work.

They have returned the favor by displaying one of my art works in their downtown space and utilizing the image on their cards and website. (dallaspublicarts.org)

“For a Father’s Love,” seen to the right, is made from gunpowder and graphite, featuring a man striving upward at all costs. This seems appropriate for an organization working in the realm of public art.

RJP at East Central University_Ada, Oklahoma

Persistent Breach_ Ada, OK

Feb. 12th- March 12th, 2010.
Artist talk on March 12, 2010.

Persistent Breach

Shirley Pogue Art Gallery,
East Central University
1100 E. 14th, Ada, Oklahoma

ECU Gallery presents Persistent Breach, featuring the work of artists Piotr Chizinski, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische and Jonathan Whitfill. The work ranges from altered books, gunpowder drawings, to cast bomb forms. The work questions social class systems, the intangible form of knowledge, and violence in a modern world. The exhibition will take place from February 12th – March 12th, 2010. The gallery will host a closing reception featuring an artist talk and question answer session on Friday, March 12th, 2010 from 12-2 PM.

Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is comprised of artists who have created an alternative method of engagement with the development of a Nomadic Truck Gallery. The gallery is a converted 24’ Ryder truck complete with white sheetrock panels and track lighting. Since it’s debut over 2 years ago the mobile gallery has prompted several group exhibitions for the RJP members. Most recently the group has shown in Dallas, Abilene, and Marfa. They have also hosted a national juried ceramics exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.