Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas
Aug4- Sep 2, 2011
Reception: Wednesday, August 31, 4-7 PM
Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents the first collaborative effort of TBA. During a month long installation an 8’ crate will be transformed into a response to the uncertainties of nature. Stuffed with components salvaged from previous art works, the minimalist cube releases artistic detritus from which shelter and chaos may take form. The exhibition opens August 4th with a RECEPTION on Wednesday, August 31st from 4-7 PM.
featuring Nathan Green, Jeff Mueller, Thor Johnson, Monica Vidal
March 10-27, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 4-7 PM
Richland College’s Brazos Gallery hosts “Construct,” featuring Nathan Green, Thor Johnson, Jeff Mueller and Monica Vidal. The exhibition contains undulating video patterning, meticulously crafted narratives, and spatial/perceptual inquiries. The vibrant and multi-faceted art works challenge and captivate viewers while avoiding prescribed methodologies. The exhibition will take place from March 10 through 27, 2011 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 10 from 4-7 PM.
The works in the exhibition offer a complex assortment of experiences united by a perceptual bombast. Each artist creates from individualized methodologies –appropriated graffiti, digital mandalas, personal mythology, and spatial inquiry— offering contemporary diversity charged with visual dynamism.
About his choices for the exhibition, curator Ryder Richards says, “The ability to attribute rational constructs upon art simultaneously sabotages and enlightens the viewing experience. It seems to be what we do: ask questions of the work we find compelling. For this exhibit the artist’s pieces offer stories of individual construction and process, but in the end can no longer be contained by rational answers as the works form an individual experience.”
The schools may be small, but they’re taking risks and creating galleries for alternative art and artist interaction.
If you had walked into Richland College’s Brazos Gallery on the evening of September 3, 2010, you would not have seen a single painting on a wall, sculpture on a pedestal, or print in a frame. Instead, you would have seen a strange, machine-like object in the center of the room, flashing lights and laser projections. The piece, Personal Victories, by artist Richie Budd, wasn’t exactly something you would find in the galleries in the Design District. It was a multimedia experience, the kind of art spectacle that you imagine confronting in a gallery in London’s Tate Modern or at a special installation at Mass MoMA. But was it art? It felt more like a performance than object.
Nov 11- Nov 23
Opening : Thursday, Nov 18th, 2010
Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
“RESPONSE” by Culture Laboratory in collaboration with Ben Lewis
Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX
February 03 – March 03, 2011
Closing Reception, March 03, 2011
Ben Lewis, of “Art Safari,” London, has offered a statement to the members of Culture Laboratory Collective: Nowadays we must distinguish between the deeply superficial and the superficially superficial. In “Response” the artists have each taken a word from the statement and developed art, interpreting and elaborating on their piece of the sentence. Richland College’s Brazos Gallery hosts the exhibition from February 3 through March 3, 2011. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 4-7 PM.
Ben Lewis is an award winning film maker, writer and director. His BBC series, “Art Safari”, offers witty investigations and interviews with contemporary artists and dealers which provide a glimpse into the complex, and baffling, world of contemporary art. In “Response” Lewis offers a paradoxical statement, embraced and dissected by a group of twelve contemporary artists.
The exhibition pinpoints the individuality of the participating artists and their localized attempts to remain part of the larger group discussion, while inversely opening the artist community to influence from an outside source. The exhibit allows multiple interpretations and relational aesthetics, favoring the complexity of individuation and community vitality over homogenization.
Culture Laboratory Collective comprises a diverse group of 12 American artists working loosely around the question of social cohesion within the context of aesthetic fragmentation. The members, scattered across the nation, have developed an online community, exchanging ideas as an ongoing investigation in media interchangeability and communal dissonance.
Culture Laboratory members:: Sarah Haven, Piotr Chizinski, Loren Erdrich, JD Durham, Brian Jobe, Shreepad Joglekar, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische, Kale Roberts, Ian F. Thomas, Dryden Wells & Jonathan Whitfill
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D Magazine_ article by Peter Simek
Aug 5th– Aug 26th, 2010
Closing Reception: Thursday, Aug 26th, 2010
from 12-1 p.m. in the Brazos Galelry (C140)
Richland College’s Brazos Gallery is proud to present Modular featuring the art of Eric Eley, Patrick Schneider, and David Willburn. Modular implies an infinite number arrangements resulting from the ability to manipulate modules. Each artist in this exhibition utilizes modules, manipulating the units according to an aesthetic sense, questioning and searching, and ultimately creating a new solution. The exhibition includes a large wall hanging structure built from wood and twine, several exploded architectural drawings, and stitching on fabric forming trapezoidal units derived from and overlaying natural shapes. The artists will give a gallery talk on this fascinating exhibition from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2010. Modular will remain on display from August 5 through August 26, 2010.
Modular presents three views exploring the possibility of mathematical and architectural discourse. The works engage a form of structure and space, alternately questioning and disproving the truth of established logic. The works become a personal exploration under the guise of architectural inquiry as the works reveal nuances and narratives alluding to personal space.
The Brazos Gallery, located in Crockett room 140 on the Richland College campus, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For viewing outside of these hours please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards. Modular and all associated events are free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Eric Eley, born in 1976, has recently moved to the Dallas area from Seattle where he received his MFA from the University of Washington. Eley’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as internationally in Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland. Most recently Eley had solo exhibitions at the Platform Gallery in Seattle and Hamburg, Germany while participating in group shows in Cologne, Germany; Vancouver, Washington and Basel, Switzerland. www.ericeley.com
Patrick Schneider, born in 1984, received his MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Schneider’s current work documents architectural space by exploding the architecture to a point where each space is alienated while retaining an integral role in the composition. These spaces are mapped from personal documentation and as choices are made the assumption that a mathematical inquiry would be neutral dissolves as personal decisions and fingerprints are discovered on the surface.
David Willburn, born in 1970, received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. Much of Willburn’s studio practice relates to domestic acts and ideas. This can be found in much of the imagery he chooses—scenes from Pottery Barn catalogs and of areas within his own home. His most recent work focuses less on knowable imagery and more on ideas of space, pattern and materials. The domestic reference, however, remains intact through his use of hand-embroidery and craft materials. Willburn’s work has been exhibited in New York, Helsinki, Finland, Portland, Oregon and Lubbock, Texas.