Ryder Richards, 2001 alumnus of the Studio Art BFA program, with an MFA from TCU, will have a solo exhibition open at Lawndale Art Center, Houston on Friday, January 23rd. The exhibition continues through February 28th.
The installation, titled The Idyll, is a hybrid between a pulpit and science fiction control station: a modernist temple to information complete with security cameras, digital projections, and panels of quasi-unintelligible text and formulas. Upon entering the exhibition the participant can be documented, image projected, and stripped of identity markers conforming to a Universalist ideal: a dissipation of “self” into simplified aesthetic phenomena. Reacting to Walter Benjamin’s notion of the detached image of cinema living a more rich, traveled, and complex life than the actor, Ryder hopes to thwart this aggrandizement of “self image” in a more Eastern sensibility: dissolution of self to merge with the whole, a sacrifice of identity and knowledge for communality.
The exhibition travels to Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College-South, in Fort Worth March 5th through April 2nd.