Balancing Act: Ken Dixon and Ryder Richards
The Center for Contemporary Arts
Nov 8-Dec 14, 2012
Engaging both symbolic metaphor and classic imagery as theatrical fulcrums, the works of Dixon and Richards attempt to explore issues of balance, control and submission. Cognizant of the pervasive influence of history and regional context upon art both artists draw from historical antiquity with an eye towards modern interpretation and complication. Often providing, yet denying, illusory depth the works revel in flatness in efforts to confound interpretation. Utilizing wood construction, gunpowder, and gold leaf Richards work maintains a monochromatic palette while Dixons densely layered paintings disrupt the viewing process through a carefully nurtured surface physicality.
Dixon, a Texas Tech University Professor for 28 years, moved into a full-time studio practice in 2003. Richards, a former student and studio assistant for Dixon, is currently a fellow at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, New Mexico. The exhibit is the culmination of 14 years of continual dialogue between the artists.