Roving Galleries on Dragon St.

Students From Two Universities Take Alternative Spaces To the Design District

Dallas, TX, 11/21/2011
published by D Magazine: Front Row

UNT's Art Rover-sign

Times of late seem ripe for taking to the streets, and last weekend, two Dallas-area universities did exactly that, though not in protest.

The taken street wasDragon St., that unofficial Dallas arts district, and the venue featured two moving trucks posing as art galleries. Lights ablaze, the alternative art venues signaled a cooperative stance of community inclusion by the area’s commercial galleries. Embracing these temporary venues fosters a symbiotic relationship between the local rent paying, bricks-and-mortar galleries and the fresh ideas and exploration of energetic students. Capitalizing on the sustained efforts of the gallery owners to draw a crowd, the student-initiated projects also provide the district with a quirky spectacle and infectious enthusiasm while further bolstering the already significant cluster marketing.

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RJP Nomadic Gallery_ TX Biennial 2011

The RJP Nomadic Gallery will be a participating organization with the Texas Biennial 2011

Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents Unpacking Access, Friday, April 15, Austin, Texas
Live Performances::
Trailer Space Records (1319 Rosewood Avenue) @ 7
Pump Project (702 Shady Lane)@ 9

(for more information please visit the Ryder Jon Piotrs website)

5-ryder-jon-piotrs_marfaFormed in 2007, the roving project RJP Nomadic Gallery has both exhibited at numerous venues and served as a venue for curated exhibitions. Unpacking Access is a performance investigating the possibility of decentralizing more traditional art distribution systems. Nomadic Gallery founders and artists Ryder Richards (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Whitfill (Lubbock, TX) and Piotr Chizinski (Ithaca, NY) use a rented 40’ Ryder moving truck to transport a ‘gallery kit’ which enables them to transform the vehicle into a functioning art venue. The work seeks to import open source media concepts and values to the notion of ‘the art exhibition’, modeling alternative forms of community access, engagement and collaborative ingenuity.

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Ryder Richards: Contemplating Unconventional Exhibit Spaces

Interview on the Texas Tech University Alumni blog…

Ryder Richards is a man who makes space for art.

Ryder Richards (2001 BFA in Painting and Drawing; MFA from Texas Christian University in 2003) is the Richland College Gallery coordinator and his show, “Response,” at Richland College’s Brazos Gallery is open for viewing from February 3rd to March 3rd. Richards was recently featured in D Magazine for the “responsible risk taking” that led to the creation of alternative gallery space located at Richland College. Renowned for his extensive long-term collaborations, Richards is deeply invested in the interconnectivity of art to life; the following interview provides a window into Richards’ contemporary curatorial sensibilities.

ART: How are your redefining gallery spaces and their function? Why is it necessary to redefine the exhibition space?

RR: I consider GALLERY to be a word put on a space when we want a considered contemplation. The idea of gallery is often confused with the gallery structure: bricks and mortar with white walls displaying objects of significance. The necessity in exposing gallery misconceptions is that each artist, each person, becomes encouraged to utilize their ingenuity to start movements capable of achieving goals independent of the traditional program. Once that concept has been dispelled a GALLERY can be seen as a way to further ideas and engage people. As such, a GALLERY can be anything we can name: the back of a Ryder truck, a website, or a twelve year old boy’s sock drawer filled with toy cars.

For example, the RJP Nomadic Gallery, created by Piotr Chizinski, Jonathan Whitifill, and myself, originally functioned as a way to show art wherever we could due to our geographic isolation in Lubbock. We drove the truck to a new city, proclaimed it a GALLERY, handled it seriously, and it became a way for artists from Lubbock to gain exposure and empower ourselves. The nomadic gallery offers a decentralized solution; free of the cumbersome etiquette and foundation that plague large institutions.

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Many thanks to Joe Arredondo, Assistant to the Director at TTU School of Art and Landmark Arts Gallery Director, for setting up this interview, and Kim Matthews, TTU Art PhD student, for the interview and editing.


No. 3: What You Do After No. 2_ Marfa, TX

No. 3: What you do after No.2
Opening Reception: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Waypoint Gallery, Marfa, Texas

No. 2: At Your Doorstep _ Installation image (2008)

No. 2: At Your Doorstep _ Installation image (2008)

The Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents No.3: What you do after No. 2, an exhibit of contemporary Texas artists held in conjunction with the Waypoint Gallery in Marfa, Texas. The group show will feature new pieces questioning and commenting on the nature of a nomadic gallery, societal perceptions and personal identity.  The artists work in a range of media including steel, ceramics, installation and painting.  The nomadic gallery event will coincide with the Chinanti Open House weekend, October 9th and 10th, 2008.  Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 10th, 2008. During the opening reception the Thrift Store Cowboys, Tyler T. and Los SOBs will provide music.  This event is free and open to the public.

No.3: What you do after No. 2” will feature work by artists Piotr Chizinski, Mark Collup, B.C. Gilbert, Nathan Green, Anna Krachey, Andrea Moon, Cat Prose, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische, Brian Wheeler, Jeffery Wheeler, Jonathan Whitfill and David Willburn.  With installation work and outdoor pieces by Emily Bales, Shreepad Joglekar, Chad Plunkett, Nola Richards, Charlie Scala, Ian F. Thomas and Christopher Walnoha. Each artist has developed a method of assessing and refining their work that not only confronts, but also speaks of aesthetics and unique presentation. Several of the artists display a tongue in cheek humor while commenting on grave issues that face our world, while others focus their energy on process and engage the complexities of material and mind.

Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is a collaborative art group celebrating our third year of exhibits by returning to Marfa, the site of our first nomadic exhibition. The gallery is comprised of a 24 foot Ryder moving truck converted into a sophisticated gallery space complete with track lighting. The Waypoint Gallery generously offered space to the RJP Nomadic Gallery for this year’s exhibition. Waypoint Gallery is located at 208 South Summer Street, Marfa, Texas.

For more information please call Ryder Richards at 806.790.5508 or go to