Wayne State University

Prof. Richardson presents Fragments at New York's Causey Contemporary

     James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History Chair John J. Richardson presents the solo exhibition Fragments at New York City's Causey Contemporary, June 9, 2016 through July 10, with an opening reception Friday, June 10.

     Industrial detritus found on the streets of Detroit form the conceptual and formal inspiration for this body of work by Prof. Richardson, especially his sculptures entitled the Case Study Series. He finds and collects remnants on daily walks near his home and studio in Detroit. The resulting collection of parts, primarily small pieces of metal, rubber and plastic, are used as models in the creation of sculpture with shifts in scale, materials, color and composition. The discarded materials are poetically reimagined and given new life, while visual traces of their origins remain embedded within finished sculptures. The sculptures are often displayed on stands which reflect the aesthetics of workshop and laboratory furniture; spaces of experimentation and invention.

     Meanwhile, his Interface Series consists of woodblock prints in which found industrial shapes are pieced together. The final compositions are based on juxtapositions of interlocking edges with strong positive and negative interplays.

     Lastly, Prof. Richardson's colored pencil drawings are based on repetitive patterns seen in the urban landscape, such as fences and grates. Titled the Industrial Filter, Grid and Screen Series, the idiosyncrasies of hand-drawn lines provide a contrast to the rigid geometry of the source imagery as invented color heightens the permeable layers depicted.

     Learn more via Causey Contemporary's media release (.pdf) about the exhibition.