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Stephen Lapthisophon : Self Destruction


Stephen Lapthisophon
Self Destruction
July 20 – Aug. 30, 2013
Brazos Gallery
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.

Artist Talk:
August 29, 2-3PM
Sabine Hall, SH117

Ex. 11

Ex. 11
Sept. 6 – Oct. 4, 2013
Brazos Gallery
Reception: Friday Sept. 6, 6-8PM

The Richland College Gallery is pleased to present Ex. 11, a survey of painting practices today. Presented in conjunction with The Texas Biennial.

Artists include:

Jesse Morgan Barnett
C.J. Davis
Randall Garrett
Matthew Girson
Vince Jones
Lucy Kirkman
Stephen Lapthisophon
Anna Membrino
Francisco Moreno
Lauralee Pope
Ludwig Schwarz
Kate Shepherd
Jeff Zilm and Sonja Lowrey

Jake Allee Workshop – June 20th

Richland is proud to announce that Jake Allee will be giving a workshop at Richland College this Thursday, June 20th, from 10am-4pm.  The first part of the day will be focused on brushwork techniques on paper.  Students are invited to participate by bringing their own bamboo or watercolor brushes and 300lb cold-press watercolor paper.  Richland will provide some watercolor paper to Richland students while supplies last.  In the afternoon Jake will demonstrate some of his building techniques in clay.

Jake is currently teaching at Coloratdo Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.  He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad including locations such as Spain, Croatia, and Australia.  You can review Jake’s diverse works in clay and on paper at

For questions and information contact Jen Rose at 972-761-6837

Annual Richland Student Exhibition

Annual Richland Student Exhibition
April 11- May 3, 2013
Reception: Thursday April 11, 12-2pm
Juror: Jeff Zilm
Brazos Gallery

Cash prizes for 1st – 3rd place and Director’s Choice Award

About Jeff Zilm:

Jeff Zilm attended the University of North Texas, where he earned a BA in art history, and Southern Methodist University, where he earned his MFA. Zilm’s work has been exhibited throughout Texas and New York since 1996. His most recent solo and two-person exhibitions include, The Book I Read was in yr Eyes The Meth I Smoked was in yr Purse at Preteen Gallery, Mexico City; Cheats at the Compact Gallery in San Luis Obispo; An Introduction to Temporal Cloaking at the Oliver Francis Gallery; Gaffes and Informations at Ft. Worth Contemporary; 7023629730 at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, TX; and A Social Acid (leaked) at the Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas, TX. Zilm has served as artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX and was the 2002 Dallas Museum of Art Otis and Velma Dozier Grant recipient.


Annual Digital Media Showcase

The Multimedia Learning Center and the Office of Student Life are sponsoring several notable speakers this April. Times for the talks are listed below along with several other events of interest.

Jeremy Strick
Director, Nasher Art Museum
Topic: “Contemporary Artists”
April 8, 2013 at 10:00 in SH118


Marni Shindelman
Independent Artist focusing on site specific art and experimental new media
Wednesday April 17th at 6:30 PM in SH118
TBA: reviewing student work, Thunderduck Hall, T246


Peter Doroshenko
Director, Dallas Contemporary
Topic: “That’s Just Wrong! What you need to know to be an artist.”
Thursday April 18th at 10:00AM in Sabine Hall, SH118


Squirrel Eiserloh
Game Designer / Programmer
SMU Guildhall Faculty
Friday, April 18th at 1:00 in Sabine Hall, SH118
Topic: “Principles of Game Design”



Nick Pappas
Game Environment Artist
Friday, April 19th at 2:30 in Sabine Hall, SH 118

Topic: “Normal Mapping!”

Also on view:

RCHS Capstone Presentations
April 17th and 18th between 4:00 and 7:00 PM in El Paso Hall, near the cafeteria


Special Exhibition of

100×100=900 (100 video artists to tell a century)
Video Art from an International Selection of Artists.
Work will be shown April 17-19 outside T246 and other locations.


Hybrid World, Hybrid Culture
Multimedia / Game Student Art Exhibition

Lago Vista Gallery
Reception, April 17th at Noon, Lavaca Hall
Exhibtion continues: April 4 – May 2


Game Project Development Student Team Presentations
Friday Afternoon, April 19

Sabine SH118 (Before and after guest lectures)

Other Times: TBA

more information can also be found on the Richland’s Multimedia webpage

TO EXIST AND TO AGAIN EXIST – Guest Lecturer: Stephen Lapthisophon, March 14, 2PM


Stephen Lapthisophon, Guest Lecturer
Thursday March 14, 2pm
Brazos Gallery

Please join us for a lecture by the Dallas-based artist and teacher Stephen Lapthisophon, discussing the current exhibition on view in the Brazos Gallery, TO EXIST AND TO AGAIN EXIST. Four of the artists in the exhibition are former students of Professor Lapthisophon. Having worked closely with each, he’ll offer insight into the work on display and the artists’ process. The lecture is open to the public.

About Stephen Lapthisophon:
Stephen Lapthisophon, currently teaching at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas, 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, Berlin and Barcelona. Lapthisophon is also represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Dallas Museum of Art.

image:  M. Kate Helmes (performance. March 7, 2013)



Brazos Gallery – Richland College
March 7 – April 5, 2013
Reception: March 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Performance by M. Kate Helmes during the reception

Kendra Briscoe
M. Kate Helmes
Hannah Hudson
Pierre Krause
Marjorie Schwarz

Taking its title from Pierre Krause’s artist statement, TO EXIST AND TO AGAIN EXIST highlights artists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area each at differing stages in their career. The group’s selection centers on the varying methods in which the artist responds to the act of making. The title thus addresses the crux of art production and speaks to the nature of the work presented. This could be a painting, drawing, found item, or event, regardless, in the creative act, a state of existence is either substantiated or referenced—“I AM STILL ALIVE.” Yet the work is not simply tied to singular gestures or Post-Duchampian indebtedness. Here the artist’s selection is more than a choosing of that which was previously made, but rather, considers various modes of finding: that in the brush stroke on a canvas, the placement of a thing in space or the moment attached to an event or written word. The artist thus reminds us of impermanence as well as the potential of propagation via the act of art making.

Richland College is proud to present Cassandra Emswiler. A recent MFA graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, Cassandra will exhibit recent work based on quotidian details, mass production and personal memories.
The artist explains,
“While moving to Lake Texoma over the summer, I gave up my collection of found and store bought flooring tiles. In its place, I’ve begun designing and printing my own tiles, searching for the ideological origins of all the boring and predictable motifs that find their way onto mass produced flooring. These new photographic prints are concerned with how wilderness ends up grafted onto symbolic, orderly space, how an impression of nature is trained to fit within a grid—of a garden, or a bathroom floor—which allows for strangely controlled flourishes and emblems that are part of our collective memory.
Each tile mimics contemporary design trends while directly quoting historical French formal gardens from the 17th and 18th century. Looking at engravings of many of these garden ground plans is like looking at an assortment of flooring tiles from Home Depot.
Beneath the white graphic motifs are snapshots of landscapes, which interest me for their banal qualities and personal significance as documents of lakes I have visited in Texas and Michigan. Designing tiles has become a way for me to quietly combine traces of my own biography and family mythology with my concerns for the public built environment and photography’s relationship to faux veneer building materials.
When I am out on Lake Texoma in my kayak, I dream I am in Rock Harbor off the shores of Isle Royale. In visiting and documenting each of these lakes, they have all become the same place.