Monthly Archives: January 2010

Sue Anne Rische

bouy_det“Preference, Cognition, and Feeling”
Sue Anne Rische
Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas

Nov 17-Dec 1, 2010
Opening: Wednesday,  November 17th at Noon

Richland College is proud to present “Preference, Cognition, and Feeling” by Sue Anne Rische. The exhibition will be on view Nov 17- Dec 1, 2010. The opening reception will be in the Lago Vista Gallery (located in the Library) on Wednesday the 17th at 12:00 PM.

Rische holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She has taught at Texas Tech University and is currently a member of the Fine Arts faculty at Collin College. She lives and works in Princeton, Texas.

Rische has attended the Hilmsen 1 Residency Program, Germany, the Vermont Studio Center and Portales Art Council Artist-in-Residence program.

Artist Statement:

With this body of work, I sought to create a space with images that encourage choices, and ask us to toy with the question of “What if?” The material I use is recycled plastic bags, which undeniably ties into the theme of choices and outcomes, though I don’t intend for the interpretation of the work to end there.  My imagery is based off of one of my favorite pastimes: the point and click adventure game.  What turns me on about these games is the puzzle solving, mysteries around each corner, and the choices we make both within them, and in playing them in the first place.

~ Sue Anne Rische, 2010

_ text below written by David Willburn, 2009_

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Sue Anne Rische works with layers of materials and meaning. Collections of religious texts and hand crafted doilies and other lace and crocheted objects are reconstructed and renewed to create visual experiences that are both spiritual and humanist. Deconstructed religious texts and thrift store doilies and table cloths are used to create delicate and powerful soft sculptures and wall mounted objects. Spirals of lines and text, and the inclusion of found and hand-written “fortunes” contribute to her explorations of identity through sacred and secular storytelling. The use of words—The Word—and language give her work its power. The layering of multiple narratives—the forgotten and hidden stories behind the hand-made fabrics and the stories told in the documentation of religious philosophies—create an experience that is private and profound.

Ben Espey at Eastfield College

ben espey_2Eastfield’s Gallery 219 Presents Ben Espey: “Courts”

January 19 – February 12
A reception and on-site lecture will both be held Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m.
The invention of camera phones and the ease of uploading images made on such devices to sites like Flickr and Facebook has continued to fill our world with an endless access to the visual. Of course taking a picture and making a photograph – at least a compelling one – are two different things. Such compelling imagery can be found in the work of Ben Espey. Espey photographs forgotten, empty and sometimes dilapidated basketball courts which a passerby might see as mundane and inconsequential. However, by photographing these objects and their surroundings, Espey is calling attention to that which we have made insignificant. Espey explains that our society has traded the communal practice of engaging in outdoor recreation for sitting in front of our televisions, computers and video games – hence the empty and dilapidated courts. Mundane or not, the courts – or rather the way in which they are photographed – present an eerie  intimacy drawing us into the photographers view – one that is perhaps filled with longing for the past or a resurrection to our previous technology free world. Unsettling to look at, Ben Espey’s photographs remind us of what is left behind in the face of progress.
Espey holds a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. He currently teaches photography at Eastfield College and Tarrant County College. 

LapthisophonThe Eastfield Department of Visual Art presents the on-site Lecture Series:

Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m.
Stephen Lapthisophon, The Paradigmatic Lens

Focusing on language, time and distance as issues in art and culture, Lapthisophon’s lecture will  address  the role of vision and mediated images in contemporary consciousness including the hold of images– what we notice and what we discard and how we value the photographic in that negotiation. 
Lapthisophon, a Master of Fine Arts graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an artist and educator working in the fields of conceptual art and critical theory. Lapthisophon has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently teaches art and art history at the University of Texas- Arlington. Lapthisophon’s work is represented locally by Conduit Gallery.
Gallery 219 is located on the upper floor of the Fine Arts building (Bldg “F”) in room F219C.  The lecture will take place in F201, directly across the hall from the gallery. Park and enter at the Performance Hall entrance on the west side of the campus. 
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends by appointment.  Contact Iris Bechtol at 972-860-7329 or for additional information.

Water: More or Less

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Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas TX
Opening reception: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 from 5-7 p.m.

“Water: More or Less” was developed in conjunction with the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium hosted by Richland College. (Sat, Jan. 30, 1-5 pm) The juried exhibition focuses on the role of water and sustainability within the environment.

paul villinski_photo by nash bakerJuror: Paul Villinski

Paul Villinski lives and works in New York City. His inventive use of recycled materials and found objects captivates viewers by revealing the creative potential dormant in the ordinary. Villinksi’s converted Emergency Response Studio (ERS) utilizes green methods of construction to confront topics local responsibility and art within the community.

For images of the HUGELY SUCCESFUL event:


Here is a quick video of the Exhibtion. I apologize for the low quality:

Artworks accepted into the exhibition:

simone riford_watergrid Simone Riford _ Watergrid

shreepad joglekar_Untitled shifting horizons series Shreepad Joglekar _ Unitled (Triptych from Shifting Horizons Series)

nola richards_spring into green Nola Richards _ Spring into Green

Deluge / Schlinke Naomi Schlinke_ Deluge

marla ripperda_blue Buchanan Marla Riperda_ Blue Buchanan #7

liz olson_underwaterseries3 Liz Olson_ Underwater Series #3

kware_waterhorse Kristin Ware _ Water Horse

kware_steppignstones Kristin Ware _ Stepping Stones

kware_sloan lani Kristin Ware _ Sloan and Lani

kware_narrow streams Kristin Ware _  Narrow Streams

kware_diamonds on a dry creek bed Kristin Ware _ Diamonds on Dried Creek Bed

kverdugo_skateKenneth Verdugo_ Skate

kverdugo_choking the earth Kenneth Verdugo_ Choking the Earth

jbuff_reflection of a melting penguin Jill Buffington_ Reflection of a Melting Planet

jbuff_invasion of gentoo penguins Jill Buffington_ Invasion of the Gentoo Penguins

jbuff_antartica melting Jill Buffington_ Antartica Melting

erika pochybova_recycle Erika Pochybova_ Recycle

elaine powlowicz_garedenhose Elain Powlowicz _ Garden Hose

denise davis_in the water2 Denise Stringer Davis _ In the Water 1

denise davis_in the water1 Denise Stringer Davis _ In the Water 2

denise davis_bather reaching Denise Stringer Davis _ Bather Reaching

chris ireland_maid of the mist Chris Ireland _ Maid of the Mist

cathy night_smart waterCathy Night_ Smart Water

Bryan Pettigrew_hygrometer Bryan Pettigrew_ Hygrometer

belinda smith_flood control Belinda Smith _ Flood Control

anniesimpson_wave Annie Simpson _ Wave

andrea estrada-meter 3 otra vez Andrea Estrada_ Meter 3 (orta vez)