Before Dark Matter


May 31, 2013 — September 8, 2013
Houston Center for Contemporary CraftHouston, Texas

May 16 – August 24, 2014
Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, North Carolina

CTRL+P was curated by Anna Walker (Houston).

Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) investigates the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21stcentury.  Ctrl + P, on view May 31 – September 8, in the small gallery,features work by several contemporary artists who use open-source programs and 3D printers to conceptualize and create in revolutionary ways.

Using digital technology as a tool to create is not new to all artists, but only in recent years have open-source programs, computer-aided design programs and 3D printers become more available and affordable to the average maker.  HCCC Curator, Anna Walker, is eager to present work that shows the potential of using such technologies.  Walker explains, “By sourcing their designs from online creative commons, the artists featured inCtrl + P question issues of shared authorship, decentralization of labor, and the possibility of making entire industries available to the individual. Given that the late 20th century, in many ways, emphasized and celebrated the role of the individual maker, Ctrl + P explores how these technologies will contribute to the widespread embrace of communal authorship in the future.”

To read more and see images_ [link]

Many thanks to Anna Walker for including our efforts into the exhibition.





RJP at ‘Art in the District’

Ryder Jon Piotrs is presented by Ro2 Art at Art in the District.
Fairmont Hotel
Friday- Sunday, Feb 5-7, 2010.

The 1st Annual Dallas Art In The District Art Fair features an array of contemporary emerging art galleries [and artists]. Art In The District provides participating galleries [and artists] with a platform to present new works to a strong and growing audience. Art In The District is for everyone from the first-time buyer to the art savvy collector.

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RJP receives Puffin Grant

Apparently the Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery has received a Puffin Foundation Grant.

We wrote the grant in 2008. We received the 1099 tax form yesterday, but never received the check or accompanying paperwork. (I suppose it is due to our nomadic nature. ha.)

We are thankful and elated at the good fortune that has blessed us. Receiving a grant from such a reputable foundation further strengthens our resolve in the benefits of creating a more accessible gallery experience.

More details will be posted as they emerge.

Mercurial Imagination_ Abilene, TX


Mercurial Imagination-installation 1Oct. 23rd, 2009
5:00 pm Nov. 13, 2009: Closing Reception and Artist Talk
Mercurial Imagination

Ira M. Taylor Memorial Art Gallery

Hardin Simmons University,
Abilene, Texas, 79698.
(325) 670-1000

HSU’s Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery Gallery presents “Mercurial Imagination,” featuring the work of Ryder Jon Piotrs members Piotr Chizinski, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische and Jonathan Whitfill. The work ranges from altered books and shredded text to gunpowder drawings and cast bomb forms. The work questions social class systems, the intangible form of knowledge, and violence in a modern world. The exhibition will take place from Oct 26-Nov 13, 2009. The gallery will host a closing reception featuring an artist talk and question/answer session on November 13, 5:00-6:30.

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No. 3: What You Do After No. 2_ Marfa, TX

No. 3: What you do after No.2
Opening Reception: 6-10 PM Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Waypoint Gallery, Marfa, Texas

install-night2The Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery presents No.3: What you do after No. 2, an exhibit of contemporary Texas artists held in conjunction with the Waypoint Gallery in Marfa, Texas. The group show will feature new pieces questioning and commenting on the nature of a nomadic gallery, societal perceptions and personal identity.  The artists work in a range of media including steel, ceramics, installation and painting.  The nomadic gallery event will coincide with the Chinanti Open House weekend, October 9th and 10th, 2008.  Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 10th, 2008. During the opening reception guests will provide music.  This event is free and open to the public.

No.3: What you do after No. 2” will feature work by artists Piotr Chizinski, Mark Collup, B.C. Gilbert, Nathan Green, Anna Krachey, Cat Prose, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische, Brian Wheeler, Jeffery Wheeler, Jonathan Whitfill and David Willburn.  With installation work and outdoor pieces by Emily Bales, Shreepad Joglekar, Chad Plunkett, Nola Richards, Charlie Scala, Ian F. Thomas and Christopher Walnoha. Each artist has developed a method of assessing and refining their work that not only confronts, but also speaks of aesthetics and unique presentation. Several of the artists display a tongue in cheek humor while commenting on grave issues that face our world, while others focus their energy on process and engage the complexities of material and mind.

Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is a collaborative art group celebrating our third year of exhibits by returning to Marfa, the site of our first nomadic exhibition. The gallery is comprised of a 24 foot Ryder moving truck converted into a sophisticated gallery space complete with track lighting. The Waypoint Gallery generously offered space to the RJP Nomadic Gallery for this year’s exhibition. Waypoint Gallery is located at 208 South Summer Street, Marfa, Texas.

For more information please call Ryder Richards at 806.790.5508or email ryderjonpiotrs@gmail.com

Dan Deacon at the Pavilion in Marfa, Tx 2009

Nola Richards “Spring into Green” 2009

Persistent Breach_ Ada, OK


Feb. 12th- March 12th, 2010
Persistent Breach

Shirley Pogue Art Gallery,
East Central University
1100 E. 14th, Ada, Oklahoma

ECU Gallery presents Persistent Breach, featuring the work of artists Piotr Chizinski, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische and Jonathan Whitfill. The work ranges from altered books, gunpowder drawings, to cast bomb forms. The work questions social class systems, the intangible form of knowledge, and violence in a modern world. The exhibition will take place from February 12th – March 12th, 2010. The gallery will host a closing reception featuring an artist talk and question answer session on March 11th, 2010 from 12-2 PM.

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Moment’s Notice_ Lubbock,TX

Jan 28th, 2009
A Ryder Jon Piotrs exhibition held at the
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
(LHUCA) 511 Ave K, Lubbock, Texas

Installation at LHUCA, Lubbock, TX

Ryder Jon Piotrs invite you to Moment’s Notice. Please join us tomorrow night, Thursday January 29th, 2009 to view the newest works of Piotr Chizinski, Ryder Richards, Sue Anne Rische and Jonathan Whitfill. Beginning at 6:30 PM and lasting until 8 PM the artists will be available at the Underwood Center to discuss their art and receive feedback from the attendees. The exhibition, Moment’s Notice, will be on display until Sunday.

Moment’s Notice resulted from the impromptu efforts of the Ryder Jon Piotrs collaborators to fill a vacancy in the Underwood Center’s main gallery. Ryder Jon Piotrs (RJP) is comprised of local Lubbock artists who have created a stir in the art world with the development of a Nomadic Truck Gallery. The gallery is a converted 24’ Ryder truck complete with white sheetrock panels and track lighting. Since it’s debut the mobile gallery has prompted several group exhibitions for the RJP members. Most recently the group had a show at the Nau Haus gallery in Houston and is currently planning their first juried ceramics exhibition to take place in Phoenix, Arizona.

Innovation by Limitation_ Houston, TX

RJP at the Nau Haus
RJP at the Nau Haus

December 6th, 2008::
Innovation by Limitation

Houston , Texas

The Innovation by Limitation exhibition at the NauHaus Gallery was held on December 6th, 2008. The exhibition showcased works by artists Ryder Richards, Piotr Chizinski, Jon Whitfill, and Sue Anne Rische.

Thanks to Dan Allison for all his help in putting this event on. Thanks to Nancy Keinholtz for dinner.

NauHaus gallery page: www.texascollaborative.com/InnovationbyLimitation.html