Archive for January, 2015

RYDER RICHARDS Opens Solo Exhibition at Lawndale Art Center, Houston

Subjective Machines: Platonic Solids (2014-2015) resin, plastic, wood

Subjective Machines: Platonic Solids (2014-2015) resin, plastic, wood

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.

JON WHITFILL receives Curator’s Choice Award at WAH Center, Brooklyn


Jonathan Whitfill’s sculpture titled USA Yesterday (shown above) received a Curator’s Choice Award from juror Yuko Nii, artist, philanthropist, and founder of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) in Brooklyn, NY.  The sculpture was included in Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Part 2 at the WAH Center in December through January 4th.

Jonathan Whitfill received an MFA in sculpture from Texas Tech University in 2006, having received a Bachelor of Science focusing in Biology and Chemistry from Wayland Baptist University. He currently teaches AP Physics, Astronomy, and Coaches Chess at Estacado High School in Lubbock.  He also teaches welding classes to the general public at The CH Foundation Metals Studio of the Charles Adams Studio Project located on the CASP-LHUCA campus in downtown Lubbock.

Whitfill exhibits his work mainly in his native Texas habitat, but he has also exhibited in seventeen other states as well as France and China. In 2014 he exhibited work at University of Michigan School of Art & Design in Ann Arbor, at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, West Virginia University, Morgantown, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, and the Dougherty Art Center in Austin, TX.   He is a founder of several artist run collaborative groups including, the RJP Nomadic Gallery, Earthbound Moon, Culture Laboratory Collective, The Button Project, and the Free Range Creatives.

PHILIP HAIGH included in Vanity Fair article about the Dallas Ebola Cases

Philip Haigh, standing second from left, with Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins, center, and other staff members, Ruby Blum, Lauren Trimble, and Shay Cathey, at the Dallas County Courthouse.

Philip Haigh, second from left, with Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins, center, and fellow-staffers, Ruby Blum, Lauren Trimble, and Shay Cathey, at the Dallas County Courthouse. (Photograph by Dan Winters)

PHILIP HAIGH, 2008 Studio Art major with a 2012 Masters in Liberal Studies from SMU in Dallas, is one of the parties from the office of the Dallas County Courthouse who were interviewed for Vanity Fair’s February 2015 “untold story” behind the Dallas Ebola cases last year.

Read the story by Bryan Burroughs (here).

Design Alumni Well Represented in 2014 Print Regional Design Annual

The Texas Tech Communication Design program was very well represented in the 2014 Print Regional Design Annual. The Print Regional Design Annual is the U.S.’s most esteemed and influential design competition. Only 350 pieces are published from nearly 4,000 entries. Of those published, eight were Communication Design alumni.

Justin McCoy label for Joseph Braman Winery's "George Strait Farewell Reserve"

Justin McCoy label for Joseph Braman Winery’s “George Strait Farewell Reserve.”

Justin McCoy (2007) received Best of Region for his label designs for Joseph Braman Winery. Also receiving merits and published in the journal for their designs were, Dustin Wallace (2004), Betsy Jones-Burgmeier (2000), Lindsay Starr (2005), DJ Stout (1981), Lana Rigsby (1981), Derrit DeRouen (1990) and Geoffrey German (1998).

CalebThe judge for the Southwest Region was 2005 graduate Caleb Bennett, currently design director of Wired Magazine and formerly an art director of The New York Times Magazine and Texas Monthly.

KALEE APPLETON exhibition at Janette Kennedy Gallery – Dallas

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KALEE APPLETON, 2005 BFA in Photography, now living in Denton, will have an exhibition presenting selections from her MFA Thesis Exhibition (from Texas Women’s University) at the Janette Kennedy Gallery in Dallas.  The opening reception for the exhibition, titled Looking Back at Saturn, is on January 10th from 6-9 PM.  The exhibition continues through January 31.

ZACH NADER has first solo show at Microscope Gallery – Brooklyn, NY

Zach Nader, “442804191 (channel surf)”, 2015, inkjet print, 30 x 20 inches.

Zach Nader, “442804191 (channel surf)”, 2015, inkjet print, 30 x 20 inches.

ZACH NADER, 2011 MFA in photography, now living in Brooklyn, will have his first solo exhibition at Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  The exhibition, which features  new photographic stills and video works, opens Friday, January 9th and continues through February 16th.  Read more (here).

UPDATE: This exhibition was reviewed for WIRED online by Liz Stinson on January 21, 2015.  Read the review (here).