September 20, 2007
"W. C. Richardson, an Exhibit of Recent Work at Webster University’s Cecille R. Hunt Gallery
Organized by Dana Turkovic
"W. C. Richardson, an exhibit of recent work will be presented at Webster University’s Cecille R. Hunt Gallery. Richardson’s recent work presents an intersection of layered systems, seeking an intricate unity established through the act of painting and inviting an active engagement with his volatile color and figure-ground relationships. His oil and alkyd canvases explore predetermined geometric structures that interact with free-drawn forms and harmonious systems of paint are influenced by both science and politics. Intentionally subverting our need for a “cause and effect” relationship, Richardson pushes his formal schemes as he moves from what he describes as “a mechanistic order to an imaginative one” as the successive layers flip and reconfigure in a boundless space. Using inundated color palettes and growing patterns he shifts our perception, playing with asymmetry by covering and interlocking large and small-scale shapes, the viewer is left to decipher between inside and outside, foreground and background. Simultaneously concrete and permeable, the intersection of these passages create a visual puzzle highlighting the underlying structure, where, complexity and energy are defined and weakened by layers of opposing grounds. Richardson’s paintings investigate the non-hierarchical association between his systems, ultimately to discover that they appear to be both independent and symbiotic.
October 12 – November 9, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, October 12, 2007, 6 - 8pm
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment
Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Visual Arts Studio, Webster University
8342 Big Bend Blvd.
Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Call 968-7171or or email@example.com
Richardson is an associate professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland-College Park. He earned his MFA from Washington University, in 1977. His recent solo exhibitions include Set. Fusebox, Washington, DC. 2005; Paintings. Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, 2004; Transit. Art Gallery, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD. 2004; Baumgartner Gallery, New York, NY. 2000. His selected group exhibitions include: Art in Embassies Exhibition. United States Embassy, Amman, Jordan. Three-year installation 2006; Order(ed). Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA. 2006; Engaging the Structural. Broadway Gallery, New York, NY. 2005; ArtScape: 20x20. Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art. 2002; Summer Selection. Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA. 2000; The Hirshhorn at Twenty-five: Celebrating Modern and Contemporary Art. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC. 1999; Hyper Salon. Emerson Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA. 1999; Chance and Necessity. Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH. 1999; Material Forces. American Center for Physics, College Park, MD. 1998; Remote Sensing. Numark Gallery, Washington, DC. 1997. Richardson is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.