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Reacting to his time in Chattanooga as a tourist Richards created five drawings and a series of sculptures. Noticing the excessive “observation of the observer” at local tourist sites the exhibit considers Chattanoga’s outdated role as “strategic highground” as a corollary for nationalism as a form of tourism, and the transition of military power into invisible data control and it’s subsequent abuse.
Several works are inspired from the CIA’s double-blind program “Eyewash” and the “accidental” deletion of the only 6,700 page torture document when requested by a Senate Investigative Committee. Considering how difficult it is to delete a hard drive, Richards used a WikiHow article to start “torturing” hard drives until their information was corrupted.
In addition, Richards continues to expand on his usage of DIY consumer culture products as both an absurdity and means of promoting individualistic ingenuity.
Ryder Richards piece "Eyewash: Acid Bath" was created during the ARC (Artist Residency Chattanooga) for his solo exhibition "Lookout" at Swine Gallery, Chattanooga.
“Artist Residency Chattanooga begins this week” by Sean Phipps, NOOGA.com (October 24)
“Artist Residency Chattanooga feat. Ryder Richards” CHATTANOOGA FUN (October 18)
“Exhibition Pick: Ryder Richards at Swine Gallery,” LOCATE ARTS (October 15)
“Connector: Ryder Richards” LOCATE ARTS (September 29)
Radio interview by Jill Collins, THE ART BEAT of Chattanooga (October 13)