Richie Budd: Emoting Skillformational Rememories

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Bon Voyage Ballin' and Callin' De Pileon, 2006 Mixed Media Varable
Richie Budd: Emoting Skillformational Rememories

547 West 27th St, 2nd fl
New York, NY 10001
May 24th, 2007 - June 23rd, 2007
Opening: May 24th, 2007 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 6:00 PM or by appointment.

Richie Budd constructs performative sculptures and sculptural installations that seek to resonate somewhere beyond the "game over" sequence in their maximizing sensorial potential and their banal dystopian residue. Working with the surplus of our materially dependent commerce society, the artist reconstitutes ephemera into inventive systems —impossibly self-contained microenvironments —based on sensory modalities. These precarious and multi-faceted systems function on multiple levels, both inert and active, in which the objective is to create a structure of reference that keeps the work in play, long after the show is over.

The artist’s main influence is Neuro-Linguist Programming, a communication model that borrows from behavioral psychology, hypnotism, and transformational grammar i.e. By playfully extrapolating from various fields, Budd creates compressed, quasi living and breathing systems that endeavor to infiltrate the senses and invoke intense, impressionable, referential experiences. Specific objects from the mundane (paper shredder) to the ephemeral (aromatherapy) get incorporated by physically constructing, structuring and underscoring the conglomerate "nature" of our lived experience. Whether small or large scale pieces, each is designed to emulate what is referred to as a S.E.E., a significant emotional experience; the S.E.E. has the potential to create or be the source of an emotional, mental or even physical ease or dis-ease occurring in the body.

In Bon Voyage Emoting Skillformational Rememories De Pileon (2007), Budd anchors his exhibition with a seemingly ever-expanding installation in which the artist will "perform" the piece on opening night. The artist will install himself within his scatological habitat operating various elements of his piece, from strobe lights, live feed cameras, and smoke machines to tending to the grill and insuring enough popcorn for an insatiable art crowd. Budd’s intent is to create an experience of sensory overload with a "sound-track" garnered from texts on coaching models and life techniques.

Richie Budd has recently completed residencies with the Triangle Arts Association Artists’ Workshop in Brooklyn, NY and the Vermont Studio Center, VT where he has a permanent installation. His recent exhibitions include Waiting to Explode at the Lawndale Arts Center in Houston, a performance for the Artpace Gala, and Artpace San Antonio. He received his MFA from the University of Texas in San Antonio and his BFA from the University of North Texas in Denton.
—Jennifer Davy