Eric Eley, John Frost, and Ryder Richards
Ro2 Art-Uptown, Dallas
3699 McKinney Ave
Aug. 13- 28, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th, 6-9 PM.
Artists Talk: Thursday, Sep 1, 6-7 PM.
Ro2 Art hosts “import” featuring recent Dallas imports Eric Eley, John Frost, and Ryder Richards. A similarity of refinement and intellectual consideration unites the drawings and sculptures of the three artists. The works will be on display at Ro2 Art’s new space, 6399 McKinney Ave. in the West Village. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, August 13th from 6-9 PM.
Gallery artist Ryder Richards invites contemporaries Eric Eley and John Frost to exhibit with him. Richards stated that after finding aesthetic commonalities in the works, further conversations revealed biographical commonalities: each artist recently moved-to or returned-to Dallas. “We are all in our thirties, educators, seriously working on an art career and introducing ourselves to the Dallas art community,” says Richards. “As such, the city plays a role in our continued development.”
These neo-Dallas artists are of note, offering process intensive, sophisticated works engaged in social and artistic inquiry. Utilizing a design/build methodology, with an affinity for drawing, each artist allows intuition and layers of process to aid in technical and conceptual growth. Eley’s superbly crafted, quasi-architectural works utilize linear materials to activate space, remaining elegantly aware of shadow play as they hover between object and mathematical abstraction. Frost’s astute wood sculptures offer a statement of contradiction through mass, presenting modular topographies as social reflection. Richards’ tightly controlled gunpowder drawings are designed with subliminal content and perceptual camouflage.
Eley, a recent Seattle import, presented “In theater” earlier this year at Suyama Space, Seattle and teaches at Richland College, Dallas. Frost, who returned to Dallas three years ago after living in Nashville, teaches at St. Mark’s College Prep and has recently exhibited at the Old Jail Art Center and Texas A&M-Commerce. Richards, approaching his second year in Dallas after departing Lubbock, participated in the Texas Biennial 2011 and is the gallery coordinator at Richland College, Dallas.
Examiner: Robin Everson, art talk
Modern Dallas: Todd Camplin, review: ww-moderndallas-net
Dallas Observer: Jenny Block, review
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Texas Contemporary Art by June Mattingly: import