Michelle Thomas Richardson
Where: Ro2 Art
1501 S. Ervay Street, Dallas TX 75215
When: February 17 – March 17, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 17, 7-10pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to present Mirror, a thought-provoking, site-specific installation by artist Michelle Thomas Richardson. The show will be on view from February 17 through March 17, 2018. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, February 17, from 7-10pm at Ro2 Art located at 1501 S. Ervay Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood.
Michelle Thomas Richardson’s new work is informed by the curious interactions between perception and reality. As one enters into the gallery’s project space, the previously dormant installation awakens, influencing the viewer’s perception of self in relation to the surrounding world and calling attention to the role of each individual in shaping the views of society. This continual exchange of cognizance between viewer and Mirror reflects the malleability of our perceived reality.
An experience of space begins with the relationships between elements of an environment and its architecture, but more importantly, the viewer’s increased awareness of their own relationship to those same features. I am interested in how our physical reality can be perceived, and how our internal reality can be affected. This felt energy is explored in a new site-specific installation at Ro2 Art’s project space in Dallas.
Mirror responds initially to the gallery, a tight and potentially confrontational space. Relating these characteristics to our space in time, media images reflecting current social movements populate the entirety of the gallery walls drawing a parallel to Picasso’s Guernica involving tragedy and loss of innocence as well as loss of life. The work is created using a variety of textiles that maintain a relationship not only to the tradition of painting but also quilt-making. The charged space creates a multilayered experience both physically and psychologically in an ongoing social narrative.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Michelle Thomas Richardson is a native of Dallas, Texas. She achieved her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas in 2015 after earning her BFA from Louisiana State University. Richardson was named a grant recipient of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Awards to Artists through the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund in 2016. She has also been a Nasher Microgrant finalist as well as a CADD FUNd finalist in 2015. She has shown throughout Texas and has held solo exhibitions of her work at venues including 500X Gallery, Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, and Clamp Light Gallery. In addition to her studio practice, Richardson currently works as a Public Art Project Manager with the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
ABOUT Ro2 Art:
Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC, Downtown Dallas, Inc., and The Town of Addison, as well as maintaining an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Ro2 Art is a proud member of CADD< the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas and has exhibited at The Dallas Art Fair for four years. Most recently, Ro2 Art participated in Art Aspen 2017.
All works will be view February 17 – March 17, 2018. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 17, 7-10 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay, Dallas, Texas 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.