San Antonio-based artist Richie Budd makes sensory, interactive sculptures out of a broad array of household and industrial gadgets and materials. These hybrid structures spew foam, spit popcorn, and emit steam and aromas to create a threefold experiential process: first, stimulation; second, association and imprint; and finally, recollection through trigger stimuli encountered after the event. Budd’s tangled masses of electronics, everyday objects, and lights are thus intended to evoke responses comparable to those linked with a Significant Emotional Experience (S.E.E.), a term coined by sociologist Dr. Morris Massey that defines “any major, fully associated, highly charged emotional event wherever it occurs.”
Richard Budd was born in Lansing, Michigan. He received his MFA from the University of Texas in 2006. He has had solo exhibitions at Road Agent Gallery, Dallas, TX (2008); The Art Gallery at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX (2007); and Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, Chelsea, NY (2007). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Comfortburn, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY (2008); Remarks on Color, Galerie Baer, Dresden, Germany (2008); and Triangle Arts Association 25th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition, 11th Annual Art Under the Bridge Festival, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY (2007).