Monthly Archives: June 2010



monica vidal_tumor-hiveFeaturing artists: Nathan Green, Monica Vidal, Jeff Mueller, Thor Johnson
Curated by Ryder Richards
 When: August 6- September 24, 2010. The receptions will take place during the First Friday Art Trail August 6th and September 3rd from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Studio Gallery, LHUCA
511 Ave K, Lubbock, TX 79401

LHUCA hosts “Construct,” a national exhibition curated by Ryder Richards, featuring Nathan Green, Thor Johnson, Jeff Mueller and Monica Vidal. The exhibition contains video patterning, meticulously crafted narratives, and spatial/perceptual inquiries. The vibrant and multi-faceted art works challenge and captivate viewers while avoiding prescribed methodologies.  Please join us for this unique exhibition during the First Friday Art Trail on August 6 and September 3, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
About his choices for the exhibition, curator Ryder Richards says, “The ability to attribute rational constructs upon the work becomes a component that simultaneously sabotages and enlightens art. It seems to be what we do: ask questions of the work we find compelling.  So, for this exhibit the artist’s pieces offer stories of construction and process, but in the end can no longer be contained by the rational answers as the works form an individual experience. ”
The Underwood Center is open Tuesday- Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 511 Ave. K, Lubbock, TX.  For more information please contact them at (806) 762-8606 or visit on the web at


About the Artists:
Nathan Green, an Austin resident, is returning from the Austin based art collective Okay Mountain’s first New York exhibition. Okay Mountain recently received both the PULSE Prize and the Viewer’s Choice award at PULSE Miami in 2009 for their “Corner Store” installation. Green has travelled and exhibited extensively in the US and participated in several artist-in-residence programs. Nathan’s “painting conglomerates” both skew and subvert traditional exhibition techniques while addressing the specificities of the individual works and the gallery itself.
Thor Johnson, a Dallas based artist, will be exhibiting at ??? Gallery in Dallas this Fall. Johnson works in several styles from collage and drawing to complex video arrangements allowing viewer interaction to alter the video output. His complex patterning and Mandala based videos form mesmerizing systems of chance aesthetic fluidity.
Jeff Mueller, a Chicago, IL resident, has exhibited extensively in the US, most recently at Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago, IL. Mueller utilizes appropriated text intermingled with visual images producing a visual conversation. The works are created from a variety of media such as powder-coated copper, adhesive vinyl, resin and paint.
Monica Vidal, a Houston resident, is returning from Art 342 residency in Colorado. She has recently exhibited at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston.  The work in this exhibit is based on a tumor removal Vidal experienced in 2007, which led to a large scale ‘hive,’ or portable dwelling made of fabric, while also channeling an ancient Aztec deity.

Exiles and Infidels

“Exiles and Infidels” by Cirkit of Mythos

WHEN: June 28-July 16, 2010
Reception during the First Friday Art Trail Friday, July 2, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Lott Gallery, LHUCA
511 Ave. K, Lubbock, TX

jason-reynaga-not-so-bunnyLHUCA, 511 Avenue K, will feature “Exiles and Infidels” by Cirkit of Mythos, a group exhibition coordinated by Ryder Richards in the Lott Gallery. The work questions of identity within an American-centric system of symbols, often appropriating pop culture imagery and techniques of media espionage, to create a contemporary mythology. The art takes the form of mixed media, installations, digitally altered photography, and painting and drawing. Please join us in the Lott Gallery during the First Friday Art Trail July 2, 2010 from 6-9 p.m.

Cirkit of Mythos is a collaborative art group based in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area comprised of Steve Cruz, Omar Hernandez, Eddy Rawlinson, and Jason Reynaga.  Sharing respect for each other’s individual mythologies, the four artists have found commonalities in their processes as well as their bodies of work. Combining biting, witty, and politically-charged images with lush, beautiful and fun materials, the diversity of their work strengthens their conceptual communication.

Ryder Richards, as part of the Underwood Center’s Regional Arts program, coordinated the exhibit. Richards comments “Cirkit of Mythos has formed a small, unique community within a large metropolitan center. The work created by the group members contains a rich, diverse narrative, stating their worldview while remaining open to interpretation and sensitive to philosophical quandaries.”
Please note: Some images in this exhibition may be considered offensive.
The Underwood Center is open Tuesday- Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 511 Ave. K, Lubbock, TX.  For more information please contact them at               (806) 762-8606         (806) 762-8606 or visit on the web at

About the artists:

Infamous artist Steve Cruz is known for his insurgent and raucous approach to art. His work addresses issues of political correctness, sex, confused genders, ethnicity and sin. Mr.Cruz has managed to weasel his way into shows ranging from lowbrow bars to hightone galleries in such diverse locales as Chicago, Little Rock, Houston, Austin, El Paso and Waco. Currently he is engaged in the 7th Street Mural Project for the Historic North Oak Cliff Neighborhood of Dallas seeking to fill any blank wall with art. He is also owner/operator of Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, also in Oak Cliff.

Bridging new technology with traditional collage process, Omar Hernandez absorbs images of the world around him, both personal and cultural to create and recreate multi-layered and multi-dimensional mixed media works. Hernandez is the Art Department Coordinator and a full-time faculty member at El Centro College in Dallas.
Eddy Rawlinson’s sculptural work maintains the confrontational irreverence of his colorful and relentless mixed media paintings. Rawlinson is the Art Gallery Director at El Centro College.

Jason Reynaga creates installations using color-rich, multi-dimensional surfaces and images of recognizable super heroes and video games to create a perfect balance between glossy, glittery and beautiful materials and dark, aggressive and menacing content. Reynaga is the Design Division Director at Wade College in Dallas.

Tutorials: Litho print on Clay

As part of our continuing efforts to aid in education and outreach we have begun to add art tutorials to the gallery website. We hope these brief examples will be helpful and reflect the quality of education found at Richland College’s Art Department.

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Litho print on Clay. Jen Rose demonstrates how to print a draing onto a clay surface using a xerox print, gum arabic, linseed oil, and ceramic ink.

Tutorials: Clay on the Wheel

As part of our continuing efforts to aid in education and outreach we have begun to add art tutorials. We hope these brief examples will be helpful and reflect the quality of education found at Richland College’s Art Department.

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Jen Rose, our illustrious clay prof, has provided several demos for using the wheel to create ceramics peices.

For more information on ceramics or courses please contact Jen Rose at 972-238-6837 or e-mail


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bowl demo

long cylinder demo

trimming a cylinder

short cylinder demo

(If you are experiencing problems, please contact Ryder at

Ryder Richards “Trajectory”

Ryder Richards “Trajectory”


.243 Winchester Ballistic Trajectory

.243 Winchester Ballistic Trajectory

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.

For more info please visit “Trajectory” on Ryder’s BLOG

Intricate Spaces

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Andrea Moon and Wesley Harvey
Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Dec 9, 2010 – Jan 28, 2011
Closing Reception/ Artist Talk: Friday, Jan 28 from 5-7 PM

Richland College’s Brazos Gallery is proud to feature Intricate Spaces, the sculptural ceramic works of Andrea Moon and Wesley Harvey. The exhibition questions identity through the object and its emotional association. Harvey’s work subverts traditional figurines into metaphors for sexual validation and inquiry while Moon’s raw structural pieces expose a delicate, disrupted emptiness. The exhibition will run from December 7th through January 28th, 2011 while the classes are in session. Please join us for the closing reception and artist talk on Friday, January 28th, 2011 from 5-7 PM.
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Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike

“Manifest Destiny” by Ivete Lucas & Otis Ike

dallas_MEXWENDYPRINTSep 13- Oct 6 in the Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Oct 6,12-1 pm in the LAGO VISTA GALLERY (in the Library on the Richland Campus)

VIDEO component of the exhibition will be shown from 11AM to 12PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment.

Richland College is proud to present Manifest Destiny by Austin based artists Ivete Lucas and Otis Ike in the Lago Vista Gallery. Lucas and Ike will show new works focused on the disruption of Mexico and the roles of the Mexican and American peoples. The exhibit will feature several photographs and a video broadcasting a sequence of images juxtaposing drug cartel prisoners, excess, and celebrity. Manifest Destiny will be on display from September 13th through October 6th, 2010. The artists will be present for a gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct 6th from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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New Mexico Photography Workshop
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"Old 484" by MG Sherman

June 10- July 25

Brazos Gallery, C140, Richland College
Dallas, Texas

Reception: Saturday, June 19, 7-9 p.m.
Live music by Jazz Harpist Carlos Guedes.

Participating artists: Jennifer Blye, William S. Deniger III, Tracy Dicks, Jessica Zachary Ibarra, Yuki Kunkel, Ekaterina Kuznetsova, Ruby B. Lorenzana, Adrien Merliss, Tasha Moore-Caufield, Vinnie Nguyen, Cassandra Rene Raz, M.G. Sherman, Cristina Zuniga, Roy Cirigliana, Wayne Loucas

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Installation images:

Richards and Rische in Portales, NM

Ryder Richards and Sue Anne Rische
May 27-July 15,2010
Runnels Gallery, ENMU-Portales, NM

“2010 Inaugural Artist in Residence Program” sponsored by the Portales Arts Council
All works created during the artists stay in Portales, NM from May 16 -May 26, 2010.

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