“Trajectory” in Dallas, TX

“Trajectory”
Ryder Richards

WHERE: ThirdSpace, presented by Ro2 Art, benefiting DPAP
1608 Main St. Dallas, TX 75201
WHEN: Aug 7- 24, 2010.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 7, 6-9 p.m.

“Trajectory” is presented by Ro2 Art at ThirdSpace, benefiting Dallas Public Arts Project. Ryder 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 August 7th through the 28th, 2010. Please join us for the opening receptions Saturday, August 7, 6-9 p.m.

Richards new drawings, recently shown in San Antonio at Cactus Bra Space, 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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“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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Upcoming: “Trajectory” in San Antonio, TX

“Trajectory”
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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7mm Trajectory: Projection, 2010
gunpowder, gold leaf, graphite, acrylic, wood _ 24″x 48″x 12″

.243 Trajectory: Repression, 2010
gunpowder, gold leaf, graphite, acrylic, wood _ 24″x 48″x 12″

These are pieces I made over the holidays. They are a more complicated exlopration of the Trajectory pieces I made in 2009. Viewing these pieces as cultural portraits based on my upbringing in New Mexico creates an emotional read belied by the symmetry and structure. Each element [gold, graphite horizon, gunpowder trajectory, and the complex structure] provides symbolic content commenting on the the psychological impact of classical masculine cultures.

Video of some of the burns:

Trajectory

.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: