Lapthisophon’s show title is less an allusion to his partial‐sightedness and more a philosophical
reference to our collective blatant refusal to see what's in front of us; the intentional blind spot
we create for ourselves to avoid the obvious.
The exhibition features a mixed media works on stretched canvas and works on paper.
Lapthisophon’s work is improvisational, the result of what’s happening in the moment in his
studio. His pieces are loosely made yet texture rich, employing paint, collage and any number
of materials he has at hand. He’s interested in the many different ways surfaces can be built
and the textural qualities they manifest. Lapthisophon’s inclusion of letter‐form materials
represents the pop‐cultural, literary and political consciousness of his headspace. The works are
an homage to past‐ness, or the wear and tear of life.
Stephen Lapthisophon earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979.
Recent exhibitions include: Museo de la Ciudad Queretaro, Queretaro Mexico (2017); Sector
2337, Chicago, IL (2016); Pilot Projects, Philadelphia, PA (2016); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
TX (2015); David Shelton Gallery, Houston TX (2015); Longhouse Projects, New York, NY (2014);
the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (2013); Goss Michael Foundation, with DB14, Dallas, TX
(2014); La Box, Bourges, France (2014); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014), the
sound art video festivak, Rostrum, Malmo, Sweden (2014), Actual Size LA, Los Angeles, CA
(2013), A Slender Gamut, NY, NY (2012), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (2011), El Escaparate,
Barcelona, Spain (2009), and Zagreus Projekt, Berlin, Germany (2008). Recent group exhibitions
include, Dallas Museum of Art,Dallas,TX (2012), SHOW Studio,London,UK (2011), and Archival
Impulse, Gallery 400,University of Illinois Chicago,Chicago, IL (2011). His work has been written
about in ARTFORUM, Frieze, Art inAmerica, Art News, New Art Examiner, BOMB, and ART LIES.
In 2014 Lapthisophon was named one of the 100 Dallas Creatives by the Dallas Observer and
one of the featured Dallas 40 in DMagazine. Lapthisophon is currently a senior lecturer in art
and art history at The University of Texas at Arlington.