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.

Knut Hybinette & Troy Richards

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

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

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