In his first U.S. museum solo show, Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon investigates how language and mark-making are linked to the formation of self-identity. His installations incorporate everyday objects such as furniture and foodstuffs as a means to break down the barriers between the work of art and daily life. The inclusion of food materials such as rosemary, saffron, or bacon fat mixed with pigments challenges ideas of permanence, skill, and process as they relate to art making. For Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon—coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables, and “Selected Poems," the artist will create a series of tableaus incorporating anachronistic objects with more recent works on paper. The gallery will feature architectural elements inspired by his studio space: exposed wood beams and drywall create a visual layering of space and materials. The DMA’s Concentrations series began in 1981 and presents project-based solo exhibitions by international emerging artists.
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State of the Arts: Contemporary Artists
Thursday, October 10
7:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Lecture tickets are $5. Purchase your ticket online or by phone at 214-922-1818. After 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event, tickets can be purchased on-site at the Visitor Services Desk.
KERA host and executive producer Jeff Whittington moderates dynamic discussions with artists and artistic leaders—including visual artists, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers—to explore the creative process and the current cultural landscape.
Artist; instructional assistant and curator, The Art Corridor Galleries
Artist; founder, Make Art with Purpose (MAP)
Artist; visiting assistant professor of drawing, University of Texas-Arlington
Late Night Lecture: Art Beyond Sight
Friday, October 18
7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Lecture tickets are FREE.
In celebration of Art Beyond Sight, an organization dedicated to art education for the visually impaired, the DMA will participate in the 11th annual Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month this October. Join artists John Bramblitt and Stephen Lapthisophon, both of whom are visually impaired, for a discussion of their process and work, which involve the senses beyond sight, creating works that immerse the viewer in a full sensory experience.
Special Event: Stephen Lapthisophon and John Judd
Thursday, December 5
7:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Lecture tickets are FREE. Reserve your ticket online or by phone at 214-922-1818.
Friends and colleagues since 1974, when they crossed paths in Austin, artist Stephen Lapthisophon, featured in the DMA's Concentrations: 56 exhibition, and actor John Judd, who has appeared on stage throughout Chicago and Off Broadway in New York, have a long history. Join them for a discussion of Lapthisophon’s work, as Judd, a formally trained painter himself, has witnessed the artist’s work change and evolve over their almost forty-year friendship.
Wednesday, October 30
Join artist Stephen Lapthisophon for a discussion of his work in the exhibition Concentrations 56.
Images (details): Stephen Lapthisophon’s studio, Dallas, Texas, 2013
Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon—coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables, and “Selected Poems” is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional support provided by the Contemporary Art Initiative and TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.