July 20 – Aug. 30, 2013
Reception: Saturday July 20, 5-7PM
Richland College Gallery is pleased to present Self Destruction, an exhibition by Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon. For his installation at Richland, Lapthisophon continues his investigation into the mechanisms of art making and display. The exhibition title references many things of importance to the artist, but in particular, it addresses the physicality of the objects on display, the manner of their display and their “actions.” Typical of Lapthisophon’s installations, the experience of the whole, engages the viewers in such a manner that denies an easy read. The beginning of an understanding of Lapthisphon’s work begins with a letting go of the desire to understand. He states, “… with refusal art embraces the ephemeral, the irrational and the difficult. Art must brush against the grain of reassuring stories and build a new narrative of disjuncture, displacement and defamiliarization.” This is not to say that one cannot experience something amongst the detritus, food, books and cardboard that make up one of the artist’s installations. But rather, that is precisely what will happen.
About the artist:
Stephen Lapthisophon currently teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a multimedia artist and writer whose work addresses questions of language, history, and cultural memory. His work has been exhibited in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin and Barcelona. Lapthisophon is also represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Dallas Museum of Art and will have a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in October of this year.
August 29, 2-3PM
Sabine Hall, SH117