gunpowder, acrylic, gold leaf, wood_ 36″x 48″x 5″

A new direction based primarily on some architectural theory I have been reading. I have been using this pattern for a while, but more recently the idea of architectural fidelity and the space it protects/forms have become something I see as a political manifestation. I am referring to it as the “politics of the void.” (2 previous works dealing with this topic are Incursion I and II.)

I have become interested in how much effort/power it takes to stabilize vacuousness, how architecture is part of the constructed stability of space and yet, interior design and temes tend to disrupt/distract the space itself to present a more socialized view of this power discourse. Dealing not only with the forces that attract towards the void, I have attempted to symbolize the restraining architecture, essentially highlighting the warping of space by presenting stability. The singed edges of the circle are a physical manifestation of this power, at once exploding outward, expelling, as the vacuum pulls discourse ever inward. (In black holes or gravitational fields they call this edge an event horizon, where escape is impossible.)

In many ways this is about interdependance. The forms rely on each other to create a dynamic form of tension, stabilizing on their own power and continual interaction. I am simply trying to visually represent this complex set of symbiotic forces.

* Since winter 2010 I have been painting a bright color on the backside of my works. This allows for a glow of color to reflect onto the wall in order  to mingle with the shadows. It is part of “Attraction” but is also noticeable on “Fulfilling the Void“, “Disruption/Seduction“, and “Connected: Laocoon.”


“Trajectory” in San Antonio, TX

“Trajectory” by Ryder Richards

WHERE: cactus bra SPACE
106 C Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204
WHEN: July 1-27, 2010.
Opening Reception: Thurs July 1, 6-8 p.m.
First Friday art Trail: Friday, July 2, 6-8 p.m.

Cactus bra SPACE, in the Blue Star Art Complex, presents “Trajectory” by Ryder Richards.  Richards new drawings, installations, and sculptures are derived from the ballistic trajectory of a .243 Winchester rifle. The works explore the physical and metaphorical quandary of a trajectory as a quantified destiny, attempting to alter the predetermined path.  The works will be on view July 1- July 27, 2010 by appointment only or you can join us at the opening receptions Thursday, July 1, 6-8 p.m. and Friday, July 2, 6-9 p.m.

Richards new drawings take the form of installation as images and structures pull free of the walls or, inversely, form a rupture in a wall. About his work Richards says, “Trajectory is essentially a path with a predetermined conclusion. I am interested in a Newtonian predetermination applied to social and cultural constructs. The ability for a condition to be predicted based on its initial velocity intrigues me and I am curious as to the ability to map human development in much the same way. Will I be like my father? If I am not, what enormous amount of force must be exerted in order to unbalance the equation of the path before me?”

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Portales Artist-in-Residence

Portales NM Artist-in-Residence Program _2010

May 13/2010_ Front page news “Artists move in”

Portales newspaper

WHEN: Sunday, May 16- Saturday, May 29, 2010

WHERE: Portales, NM

Visual Artists Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische will be the 2010 Portales Art Council Artists-in-Residence from May 16 -May 29, 2010. The Dallas based artists will create works to be displayed through the summer in the ENMU-Portales RUNNELLLS GALLERY. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, May 27 beginning at 5 p.m.

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.243 Trajectory_ 24″x48″_ gunpowder, graphite, gold leaf, white acrylic on wood panel.

The title  comes from the gunpowder curve, which is based on the trajectory of a bullet shot from a .243 Remington rifle. (y axis= 1″ = 2″ of drop, x axis= 1″ =10 yards)

This is the first in a series of pieces based on ideas of how one might achieve salvation within a culture of honor. I am currently questioning how male youth finds presidence for behavior based on the examples set by one’s culture. What are the values in the system and how does one achieve them? Once the desired values are achieved is salvation still a viable option?

.270 Trajectory_ 32″x48″_ gunpowder, graphite, gold leaf, white acrylic on wood panel.

Warning: The video is a bit anti-climatic.

video of the .270 burn:

Culture Laboratory: So say we all, sort of…

Culture Laboratory is a collective group of ten artists who have a similar goal: to exhibit art work and remain in dialogue with other artists. We hail from all parts of the United States, but a strong Texas background permeates the collective. The artist members talk together every two weeks in an on-line chat room format.  As we converse we develop more ideas about how the group should evolve and function in the future. At times the Culture Lab can resemble a chaotic social experiment.

So say we all... installation shot
Our first exhibition “Culture Lab:: So Say We All, Sort Of…” was at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. A Culture Lab member, JD Durham, coordinated and curated the exhibition. On Friday, July 31st 2009 we have the Closing Reception at 5PM and the Gallery Talk at 3PM.

(Artists: Lauren Boldon, Piotr Chizinski, Loren Erdrich, JD Durham, Shreepad Joglekar, Ryder Richards, Ian F Thomas, Dryden Wells & Jonathan Whitfill)
(website is still under construction, but some images are posted.)