a thing of this world
Public Address, Brooklyn, NY [link]
August 1- 14, 2015
a thing of this world, Ryder Richards’ installation has evolved from researching civil power conflicts, primarily focusing on the relationship between police and citizens. Influenced by power/knowledge theory, the work uses the aesthetics of conflict while considering academic knowledge as a distancing mechanism from reality. The artist’s stark, detailed drawings, which depict a range of imagery from shielded police, plumes of smoke, to excerpts from theoretical text, frames a sense of civil escalation among police/citizen relations. Relative to the works on paper, Richards’ sculptural objects allude to conflations in the symbolic means-to power with figurative proxies in the form of a Kevlar® hoodie and a tower of batteries.
On the rooftop, Richards will also exhibit a Shield: Monument, a project comprised of cast plaster staircases relating to the fragility of movement.
Shield: Monument, a site-specific installation paired with “a thing of this world” at Public Address.