Urban Abstracts: The Making of an Art Show of Ronald B. Richardson, aka Ronosaurus Rex, at Madrone Art Bar

Thanks to everyone who came to and supported my photography show at Madrone Art Bar from June 18-September 2nd, 2018 and for those who entered my contest. Check out their amazing creativity and insight by looking at the tag #ronosaurusrex on Instagram.

Looking for beauty in unlikely places, Ron Richardson photographs colorful urban details so small, so unobtrusive, so unimportant that most walk by without noticing. 

In these nooks and crannies of our civilization, the natural meets the artificial: plants grow in the cracks, litter mixes with fallen flowers, and metal rusts into glory.

Ron Richardson has been honing his unique abstract photography style for over two decades. With a body of work in the many thousands of photos he has taken to the streets to build a new collection specifically for Madrone.

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Abstract Art Reinvented in Abstract Photography

Abstract art is the wing of a reckless angel touching your unconscious soul.
Max Zsol

On a field trip with my high school English class to the art museum at the University of Utah, most of my classmates, I noticed, were actively looking while they were in the museum, but once they stepped outside, they went blind to the world around them. “Art is only worthwhile,” I thought, “if it teaches us to see the world more richly.” Since that realization, abstract art has helped me see the colors, shapes, and textures around me for their own sake, a way of seeing I have tried to capture in photography. In this post, I give credit to some abstract artists who have influenced my photographs, as I previously gave credit to modern, figurative artists who have influenced my work.

John Whistler

Although the painting Nocturne in Black and Gold–The Falling Rocket (1875) by John Whistler is representational–it shows a falling rocket –it is probably the earliest paintings to approach abstraction, as the image is less important than its coloring, shading, and mood. The work is exemplary of the Art for Art’s Sake movement (1850-1872). Whistler’s painting did not directly influence my photography (since I did not know about it until I began researching for this post); however, its dark background stained with patches of light influenced other artists who inspired me to take my photo Light on a Black Door (2017).

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The Most Worstest Introduction: A Group Activity for First Year Composition

Instructions: Tell students that you are going to do a fun writing activity that reviews the typical steps of an introduction and gets students to consider what separates strong from poor academic writing.

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