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Michelle Thomas Richardson
Mirror
February 17 – March 17, 2018

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.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

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.
Benjamin Terry
Limerick
February 17– March 17, 2018
Ro2 Art is proud to present Limerick, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Benjamin Terry.
The show will run 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.

In his newest body of work, Benjamin Terry draws inspiration from the poetic structure of the
limerick. Known for his clever use of bright colors and bold shapes, Terry emphasizes the playful
nature of his work by visually interpreting a literary device that is often considered to be humorous
or even nonsensical.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I create paintings that oscillate between 2D and 3D, art object and functional object, hi and low,
fast and slow, smart and dumb, direct and labored. The space between is where all the exciting
things happen. The strict rhyme scheme and transgressive attitude of the limerick has provided a
structure for me to consider painting within the gallery space at Ro2; a study of how painting,
drawing, and objects interact, create and manipulate relationships, and engage viewers. Limerick
is ultimately about editing and displaying. In this exhibition, I faithfully subscribe to the 5-line (or 5-
painting) AABBA formula of the limerick. It gives me the opportunity to closely examine the
connections between individual paintings and installation space in an effort to create a
harmonious group. To do so, I call attention to the relationship between the painting, the wall,
and the floor, drawing parallels between the structure of the painting and the structure of the
architecture.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Benjamin Terry lives and works in Denton, TX. He received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2010
and an MFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013, from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited
work in numerous solo and group shows in Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas and Houston. He has
exhibited work at Site131 in Dallas, and he had solo exhibition at Art League Houston in the spring
of 2017. He was featured in volume 96 of New American Paintings: West Issue. He has received
both the Clare Hart Degoyler and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough awards from the Dallas
Museum of Art, and an artist grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council. He currently teaches
Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas and Tarrant County College.
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