Jessica Halonen, Kamila Szczesna, Ryder Richards

Exhibition: Sep 22 – Dec 31, 2016

This exhibition presents new work by three artists, Jessica Halonen, Ryder Richards, and Kamila Szczesna, selected from Artpace’s Texas Open Call by guest curator Denise Markonish (MASS MoCA) and curated by Taylor Bates, Artpace Director of Programs & Exhibitions.

“Complimenting the fall 2016 artists-in-residence, Objectives is on view in the Hudson Showroom, featuring: Jessica Halonen (Austin), Ryder Richards (Dallas), and Kamila Szczesna (Galveston). Each of these artists engages with material and process, creating works that reference the legacy of minimalism. Halonen’s intimate gestures and found objects, Richard’s industrial materials and performative gestures, and Szczesna’s bodily abstractions continue the conversations at Artpace this fall about process and the malleability of sculpture.” –Denise Markonish

The Hudson Showroom—named for the Artpace facility’s former function as a Hudson automobile dealership— features exhibitions that showcase work reflecting the organization’s regional and international scope. Support for the Hudson Showroom exhibition space is generously provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and Artpace members.


Jessica Halonen

Austin, Texas, USA

Jessica Halonen creates sculpture and paintings that explore intersections between art, science, and history. She has engaged with topics such as genetic engineering in the pharmaceutical industry and the historical and metaphorical implications of the color blue. Her research-based work has been widely exhibited and was recently reviewed in Artforum.
Halonen received a MFA in Painting from Washington University in Saint Louis and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, Berlin; and Core Program, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, notably at The Contemporary Austin, the Dallas Contemporary, the McNay Art Museum, the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Museum of South Texas, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Halonen was born and raised in Milford, Michigan and currently lives and works in Austin and San Antonio. Halonen is an associate professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Photo credit: Lauren Grant

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Kamila Szczesna

Galveston, Texas, USA

Kamila Szczesna is an interdisciplinary artist working in various media and formats including drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation. In her work she explores the complex interactions between the human body and the human mind. She was born in Poland where she earned her Master’s degree at the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw. Her work has been exhibited and is held in public collections internationally as well as in the US. She lives and works in Galveston, TX.

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Ryder Richards

Dallas, Texas, USA

Ryder Richards is a co-founder of the RJP Nomadic Gallery, Culture Laboratory, and member of Dallas-based group The Art Foundation. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, notably Bellevue Museum, Seattle; Roswell Museum; Olm Space, Switzerland; Public Address, Brooklyn; Antena, Chicago; Cornell University, Ithaca; Monkskirche, Tangermunde, Germany; C2 Pottery Gallery, China; San Diego Art Institute; and The London Art Fair. Richards has been the recipient of several scholarships, travels abroad, and awards for his achievements in art, including seven artist-in-residence programs, such as the Roswell Artist-in-Residence (2012-2013). He has participated in The Texas Biennial 2011 and 2013 and the Dallas Biennial 2012 and 2014. Richards has works in the permanent collections of The Anderson Contemporary Museum, Roswell Museum, McNeese University, Richland College, and several private collectors.

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