During his time as a fellow at the RAiR Ryder Richards (born in Roswell in 1977) has developed a series of works exploring methods of icon and image presentation in the West. He will be opening a solo exhibit, Conflicted, at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM. The exhibit will open from February 22 – April 7, 2013 with an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, February 22 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Drawing his inspiration from Giambologna’s late Renaissance works “Rape of the Sabine Women” and “Hercules Fighting the Centaur Nessus” in Florence, Richards new works present flattened versions of complex sculptures held aloft by a wooden network of scaffolding reminiscent of drive-in movie screens, billboards, and towers lining the local highways. Dwelling on the uniquely conflicted relationship between victim and oppressor, utility and language, the works reflect theatrical imported propaganda as subjected to locality.
Enjoy the images of the installation.