KNUT HYBINETTE & TROY RICHARDS – Nowheresville
January 25 – March 8, 2008
Opening reception Friday January 25, 6 – 9 pm

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Nowheresville, a multimedia installation by collaborative Cleveland based artists Knut Hybinette and Troy Richards, January 25 through March 8, 2008.

Taken from the literal definition of the word Utopia, Nowheresville focuses on the ideas and literary work of the French writer and Utopian socialist Charles Fourier: specifically on the experimental community, Ripon, Wisconsin, which was formed to put his ideas into practice. Ripon was a short-lived experiment but would later become the birthplace of the Republican Party. Presenting a historic trajectory that leads toward the near future, Ripon is portrayed as a Midwestern dystopia, infested by chaotic suburban drug addicts, killers, and societal decay.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is an innovative video game created by Hybinette and Richards incorporating video, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and cutting-edge technology. The gallery installation consists of a shanty housing the game, a decaying billboard depicting a video of Fourier espousing utopian dogma, as well as drawings and prints used in the making of the video game.

Both Knut Hybinette and Troy Richards are on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Born in Sweden, Hybinette graduated the School of the Art Institute’s MFA Photography/Animation program in 2004 and has exhibited his photography nationally and in Sweden. Richards received an MFA from Cranbrook Art Academy in 1997 and has exhibited his work in New York at P.S.1, Queens Museum, Sara Meltzer Gallery, and LFL Gallery. Hybinette & Richards have received grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for the Ripon game.

Press

TimeOut Chicago by Alicia Eler

Chicago Sun Times - Weekend Warrior

Chicago Journal by Kristin Gehring

Drain Magazine - art projects

New City Chicago by Jason Foumberg

Centerstage Must-See Art Exhibits by Justin Sondak

Flavorpill Chicago by Patricia Courson

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards

Nowheresville
January 25 - March 8, 2008
Opens January 25, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Installation Views

The Promises of the Administration Have Been Kept, 2008

The Promises of the Administration Have Been Kept, 2008

The Promises of the Administration Have Been Kept, 2008 and Cerberus, 2008

The Promises of the Administration Have Been Kept, 2008 and Cerberus, 2008

The Promises of the Administration Have Been Kept, 2008

The Promises of the Administration Have Been Kept, 2008


Works

Ripon Video Game

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Ripon Video Game, 2008

Ripon Video Game

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Ripon Video Game, 2008

Ripon Video Game

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Ripon Video Game, 2008

Vision is evidence of the future

Troy Richards, Vision is evidence of the future, 2007

That Last Night #2

Troy Richards, That Last Night #2, 2007

That Last Night #1

Troy Richards, That Last Night #1, 2007

Ripon Industry

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Ripon Industry, 2007

Ripon Industry (detail)

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Ripon Industry (detail), 2007

Ripon Industry (detail)

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Ripon Industry (detail), 2007

Family Jams

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Family Jams, 2007

Family Jams (detail)

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Family Jams (detail), 2007

Family Jams (detail)

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Family Jams (detail), 2007

Children's Pool (detail)

Troy Richards, Children's Pool (detail), 2006

The Neighbor's Wife and The Neighbor's Car (detail)

Troy Richards, The Neighbor's Wife and The Neighbor's Car (detail), 2006

Ripon Pile Study

Troy Richards, Ripon Pile Study, 2006

Ripon Three Wrestle

Troy Richards, Ripon Three Wrestle, 2006

Study for Town's Edge

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Study for Town's Edge, 2006

Volvo

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards, Volvo, 2006


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