Pleasure Principle

2 pieces I recently completed…

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“.270 Winchester with Scope”

Gunpowder, graphite, and cut paper.

This was a Demonstration piece I did for an interview. (The Dallas Hispanic MTV  thingy airing on the 22nd of Aug, 2010.)

After coming home I cut the pattern shapes from the paper. I have done similar things before, but it seems that this cutting and patterning continues to become an integral step in several of my pieces.

And on to the next piece…

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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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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.

Americas 2010: Paperworks

Bombs (a.k.a. for all the love in the world)_30x22x8_gunpowder, graphite on paper on wood structure

Americas 2010: Paperworks

Juror : Heidi Goldberg

Northwest Art Center,
Hartnett Hall Gallery,
Minot State University, Minot, ND
January 11 – February 24, 2010

“Congratulations! We are pleased to notify you that your work, ‘Bombs,’ has been accepted for inclusion in the Northwest Art Center’s Americas 2010: Paperworks exhibition and has been honored with a Merit Award.”

Masculinity (?)

If it was all a joke it would be forgivable…

I had the idea for these drawings 4 months ago and finally decided to finish them. The impetus came from an art lecture with my class where they were overly concerned with the piece ‘buckshot‘ that I made in Germany this summer.  I described these as investigations of Cultures of Honor* and discussed the manifestation of masculinity in a phallo-centric culture.

I don’t think they bought it.

*A Culture of Honor is usually found in rural areas where honor is paramount to survival, therefore violence is swift and necessary. See Richard Nesbet and Dov Cohen’s book “Culture of Honor”


Details… a bit of a contradictory misnomer.
Here are 3 drawings I have made since moving to Dallas.

Remington (Revolver) 22x15, graphite They are based on several influences. I am interested in the formal concerns that create the composition. I find it interesting to play off of ‘minimalism’ or ‘pure composition studies’ which often are blocks of color and/or linework that explore perception and space. By  having the subject (guns) create the structural composition the works can have a more complex dialogue. This allows for reading the pieces through a modernist lens while dually engaging the history of realism and photography in art.

The underlying thought is that the structure of the guns…
1) becomes less recognizable the closer you are to the weapon, which acts as a commentary on familiarity with violence. It also creates an abstract form that allows for multiple interpretations, hence #2…
2) the shapes take on an architectural feel when you crop them and lose the sense of scale by removing the background. This  echoes the idea in anthropology that a culture’s architecture reveals what they value.