Robert Andrade: Ruined State(s) No. 2
Brazos Gallery: Aug 9- Sept 7
Reception: Thursday, Aug 9, 4-6 p.m.
Artist Talk: Wednesdayday, Aug 8, 7-9 PM @ The MAC
Richland College is proud to present Ruined State(s) No. 2, an exhibition by San Diego artist Robert Andrade, showcasing plans for a West Dallas public artwork. The exhibition will present a sculptural variation of the proposed earthwork along with several drawings and digital images. By excavating the city plan of Washington DC into an estranged urban lot, the proposed public work explores shifting states of dominance through symbolic markers of power. An opening reception will be held at the Brazos Gallery from 4-6 PM on Thursday, August 9th , 2012.
“Art in the Public Sphere,” a project discussion developed by The Art Foundation, will take place at The McKinney Ave. Contemporary on Wednesday, Aug 8th at 7 p.m. featuring several participants and Andrade’s proposal for the city of Dallas.
Similar to the public art proposals of Jean Claude and Christo, the process by which to gain support is through civic interaction, exposure, and discourse. Andrade welcomes the discussion surrounding his proposed earthwork as integral to the process of public art. The exhibit at Richland College acts as a bridge between the conceptual culmination of ideas and the physical manifestation of the actions needed to realize such a large scale project.
Finding a forgotten, derelict site with a view of the downtown Dallas skyline, Ruined State(s) No. 2 imagines a temporary sculptural excavation. Disrupting the site to imbue it with new context, the work will allow community interaction as a way to contemplate systemic entrenchment and urban/political decay. Exposing sentiment as the underpinning of cultural value and stability the work considers the grandiose as comparable to the banal.
About the artist: Robert Andrade recently received his Masters in Fine Arts from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Researching spaces of power as both flat symbols of diagrammatic planning and living spaces imbued with history, his work exposes the temporarily of architecture as beautiful and sardonically perverse. Exhibiting numerous times in Chicago, IL and New York City, NY this will be Andrade’s first exhibition in Texas.