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Senior Lecturer Stephen Lapthisophon at the Conduit Gallery

Culling through layers of cultural memory, Dallas based artist Stephen Lapthisophon reticulates art movements, food culture, film, and 20th century music to create drawings made up from and about the “stuff of everyday life.” Lapthisophon’s works on paper are gestural and process driven created with a variety of unorthodox materials such as eggshells, coffee grounds, and pigmented bacon fat. The exhibition, named in part referencing Thelonious Monk’s middle-name, Sphere, includes works that rely on unanticipated compositional forms and materials in like manner to the composer who was known to eliminate notes in compositions in order to create dissonance or as John Baldessari’s Thelonious Monk story recounts, teach the viewer a “different kind of order.”

Stephen Lapthisophon earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. Recent solo exhibitions include 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 in America, Art News, New Art Examiner, BOMB, and ART LIES. A collection of his essays was recently published by Green Lantern Press entitled, Writing Art Cinema 1988-2010,  He is currently a senior lecturer in art and art history at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Opens Saturday Sept, 7th 2013 6-8pm.