February 20 — March 27, 2016
Coinciding with the culmination of Stephen Lapthisophon’s four month installation project at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Toccare (Non) Toccare, Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a small focus exhibition of works on paper created by Lapthisophon during the same time period.
The mixed media works on paper combine text and letterforms to create poetic improvisations that capture and linger in fleeting moments. Seized from the artist’s own studio, found materials such as newspapers, leaves and string diffuse into layers of house paint, ink and gesso. Continually interested in the influence of the Arte Povera artists of the mid 20th Century, Lapthisophon engages in a methodology guided by ephemerality, history and the poetry of the spaces in between formal art-making approaches.
Stephen Lapthisophon earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. Recent exhibitions include; Longhouse Projects, New York, NY (2014); the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (2013), Goss Michael Foundation, with DB14, Dallas, TX (2014); La Box, Bourges, France (2014); Koncertkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014), the sound art video festivak, Rostrum, Malmo, Sweden (2014), Actual Size LA, Los Angeles, CA (2013), A Slender Gamut, NY, NY (2012), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (2011), El Escaparate, Barcelona, Spain (2009), and Zagreus Projekt, Berlin, Germany (2008). Recent group exhibitions include, Dallas Museum of Art,Dallas,TX (2012), SHOW Studio,London,UK (2011), and Archival Impulse, Gallery 400,University of Illinois Chicago,Chicago, IL (2011). His work has been written about in ARTFORUM, Frieze, Art inAmerica, Art News, New Art Examiner, BOMB, and ART LIES. In 2014 Lapthisophon was named one of the 100 Dallas Creatives by the Dallas Observer and one of the featured Dallas 40 in DMagazine. Lapthisophon is currently a senior lecturer in art and art history at The University of Texas at Arlington.