Stephen Lapthisophon is definitely an American artist and educator working in the area of conceptual art, critical theory, and disability studies.
Lapthisophon received his MFA in the School from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. His early work combined poetry, performance, seem art, and visual arts with postmodern philosophical concerns. He’s also affected by the legacy from the Situationists, who searched for to create everyday existence an emphasis of artistic activity.
Lapthisophon has trained at Columbia College in Chicago, the college from the Art Institute, and also the College of Texas at Dallas. He presently teaches art and art history in the College of Texas at Arlington.
In Lapthisophon’s works, found objects, written texts, and seem tracks are arranged in a manner that enables “layers of meanings, allusions and associations…to amass” within the mind from the gallery-goer. In the 2000 installation “Defense d’afficher”, two large walls were erected within the gallery space and engrossed in fragments of found media, photos, and texts. One reviewer in Artforum known as it an “overload of concurrently public and personalized cultural shards.”
The juxtaposition of fragments of private, cultural, and social history are visible in his 2005 book Hotel Terminus. This curiosity about juxtaposing fragments reaches a lot of his installations, which regularly contain found objects like old eye charts, posters and graffiti slogans.
Lapthisophon’s other work includes seem tracks, site-specific installations, performances, radio broadcasts, books, lectures, and sketches improvised on walls and presented in exhibitions. His jobs are incorporated within the collections from the Museum of recent Art Chicago and also the Dallas Museum of Art.
In 2008 Lapthisophon was awarded the esteemed Wynn Newhouse Award for artists with disabilities. In the statement upon receiving this award, Lapthisophon stated, “Through analysis of problems with permanence and alter in site-specific installations, I really hope to…break lower the barriers between in which the thing of beauty ends and everyday existence begins.”
Lapthisophon graduated having a BFA in the College of Texas at Austin in 1977, and then acquired his MFA in the School from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. Also, he studied Comparative Literate and Theory at Northwestern College from 1986-1989. In 2003, Lapthisophon would be a resident in the CentralTrak Artist Residency in Dallas, Texas.
In 1994 Lapthisophon endured a significant degeneration of his vision due to an optic nerve disease, and grew to become legally blind after intensive treatment. His subsequent act as a set up artist, graphic artist, art theorist and seem artist continues to be marked with this experience. A lot of his work comments on, and seeks to redress, the over-focus on a feeling of sight in aesthetic culture.
I personally use my very own blindness like a figure for that ways we interpret the planet through our very own specific framing mechanisms. I are also increasingly more attracted to produce pieces involving a commentary around the physical world as understood through food, cuisine, cooking, and interaction through food and also the art audience. My recent cooking projects have permitted me to speak with all of the senses and look at the interaction in our physical processes.
Food continues to be the topic of his recent installations, for instance in a Berlin gallery known as ZAGREUS Projekt in 2008, and also at a 2009 show in Dallas, however it has additionally been certainly one of his artistic concerns since before the start of his blindness.
2018 Scotoma. Conduit Gallery. Dallas, Texas
2017 The Lengthy Goodbye. Museo en Ciudad Queretaro. Queretaro, Mexico
2016 Types of Radical Will (Italian Sculpture) Sector 2337. Chicago, IL
2015 Toccare (Non) Toccare. Nasher Sculpture Center. Dallas, Texas
2014 Flowers and Figures Installation. Longhouse Projects. New You are able to, NY
2013 Concentration 56: Stephen Lapthisophon – coffee, periodic fruit, root vegetables and ‘Selected Poems’. Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, Texas
2012 Isolation, a slender gamut. New You are able to, NY
2011 Fall Almanac. Free Museum of Dallas, SMU. Dallas, Texas
2010 Photographs in situ—and periodic fruit. Eastfield College. Mesquite, Texas
2009 Las palabras en la sombra de esta fecha. El Escaparate. Barcelona, The country
2008 DESIGN. Zagreus Projekt. Berlin, Germany
2007 Writing Art Cinema 1977-2007. Conduit Gallery. Dallas, Texas
2006 My Task. Kunstverein INGAN. Berlin, Germany
2005 My Heritage My Tradition My Voice. Artist-in-Residence project, Museum of recent Art. Chicago, IL
2004 Amanuensis (I Hear a Symphony). Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage. Glen Elyn, IL
2003 Static. Conduit Gallery. Dallas, Texas
2002 With Reasonable Accommodation. Gallery 400, College of Illinois. Chicago, IL
2000 Defense D’afficher. TBA Exhibition Space. Chicago, IL
1999 Recent Collages. Library Gallery, Northeastern Illinois College. Chicago, IL
1983 Ceci n’est tout simplement pas une vide. Roger Ramsay Gallery. Chicago, IL
1982 In The End (for RPW). Artists’ Space. New You are able to, NY
1981 Persistence of Vision. Randolph Street Gallery. Chicago, IL
1980 Nancy Lurie Gallery. Chicago, IL
1979 A Street Gallery. Boston, MA
2018 Texas. Phillip Marin Gallery. La, CA
2014 Ghost Nature. Gallery 400. College of Illinois Chicago. Chicago, IL
2013 Besher Triennial. Berlin Glass. Berlin, Germany
2012 Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s-Present. Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, Texas
2011 Division Leap. Artist book and exhibition. Adam & Kate Davis Booksellers. Portland, OR
2007 form/avoid. and/or Gallery. Dallas, Texas
2006 Teenage Fan Club. Janette Kennedy Gallery. Dallas, Texas
2005 Ghost Writing. A part of “Durand Amorphous Solid.” Lake Forest College. Lake Forest, IL
2004 Uncovered: Recent Acquisitions in the MCA Artists’ Books Collection. Museum of recent Art. Chicago, IL
2003 Fall Almanac. Unit B Gallery. Chicago, IL
2002 The Skill Council Award Exhibition. Gallery 312. Chicago, IL
2001 Between your Folds. NFA Space. Chicago, IL
2000 Mean souls, like mean pictures, are frequently present in good-searching frames. 1935 W. Thomas. Chicago, IL
1999 Bookmarks. NIU Gallery. Chicago, IL
1998 Earth Escapes Landscapes. North Lakeside Cultural Center. Chicago, IL
1997 Addendum: Art in Chicago Since 1945. Northern Illinois College Gallery. Chicago, IL
1993 not/knot. Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL
1992 Feuilletons. CCA Gallery. Chicago, IL
1990 10 on 8. Storefront window exhibition. eighth Avenue. New You are able to City, NY
1986 The General Public Art Show. Traveling exhibition with catalogue. High Museum of Art. Atlanta, GA
1985 A black, a heap, a webpage: Tribute to Robert Smithson. Outside installation. Randolph Street Gallery. Chicago, IL
1984 10 on 8. Storefront window exhibition. eighth Avenue. New You are able to City, NY
1983 Artists’ Operate in Clay. Catalogue. Lill Street Gallery. Chicago, IL
1982 As water defines the fish: Part I. N.A.M.E. Gallery. Chicago, IL
1981 Artists’ Books. Museum of recent Art. Chicago, IL
1980 Chicago Art Prospective. Catalogue. Navy Pier. Chicago, IL
1980 Chicago Art Alternative. Catalogue. Herron School of Gallery. Indiana, IN
1978 Review and Preview. Nancy Lurie Gallery. Chicago, IL
1977 4 by 4. East Hubbard Gallery. Chicago, IL
2013 Dark Warehouse video screening with Vincent Ramos. Actual Size Gallery. La, CA
2006 The Failure of contemporary Politics & NOW. Literary Festival. Lake Forest College. Lake Forest, IL
2004 Apostrophe with Fred Lonberg Holm. Buddy Gallery. Chicago, IL
2002 Residency at Experimental Seem Studio. Chicago, IL
2001 FROM PLOT. Seem work. Your Kitchen. New You are able to, NY
1999 Studying with Susan Wheeler. Great Expectations Book shop. Evanston, IL
1992 Sci-fi presentation to school Art Association annual meeting
1991 The Black Works of art A play. Blue Rider Theater Festival. Chicago, IL
1990 Cryptomnesia. A piece for 3 voices with Dan Ursini and William Larger. Club Lower Links. Chicago, IL
1989 That Point Problem poetry series. Club Lower Links. Chicago, IL
1988 The Nations poetry series Club Lower Links Chicago, IL
1987 The Groups of Robert Smithson. Northwestern College. Evanston, IL
1983 The Seem of Music/The Idea of Praxis. A play. Link’s Hall Studio. Chicago, IL
1982 Studying with John Judd and David McCracken. Randolph Street Gallery. Chicago, IL
1981 No Enterprise with John Judd. EXIT. Chicago, IL
1980 Recent Fiction a studying with Richard Brettell and John Judd. Chicago, IL
1979 Psychedelic Shack/A Duet with John Judd. Randolph Street Gallery. Chicago, IL
1977 Reasons with John Judd. College of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas
2017 “Dallas, Detroit, Prague, Chicago – Notes on denial, distance, defiance, and dogs”. On Civil Disobedience. Eco-friendly Lantern Press
2016 “Notebook (1967-68)”. Artist book
2014 “Semigloss #4”. DB14. Dallas, Texas
2013 “Mallarme’s Metronome.”
2011 Writing Art Cinema 1988-2010. Collected essays. The Eco-friendly Lantern Press
2010 Division Leap. Magazine project. Issue 2
2009 Division Leap. Magazine project. Issue 1
2006 “Haim Steinbach and Martin Heidegger.” InterReview.
2005 “Freud’s Museum.” InterReview.
2002 the bells. Soundtrack to Hotel Terminus. Audio focus on CD.
2001 Hotel Terminus. Artist book. Printed by WhiteWalls.
1998 “Crossings.” WhiteWalls. #40
1994 “Placing Time.” Catalog essay on Julia Catch the exhibition.
1990 “Warming of the dish fit for revolution.” Overview of The Advanced Cook book by F.T. Marinetti. Chicago Tribune. February. 27
1989 “I 1. 30.87-2.88,” with William Larger. Ottotole. # 3, Spring issue.
1984 “The Seem of Music/The Idea of Praxis/The Tyranny of Repetition.” White-colored Walls #10
1983 “As water defines the fish: Part 3.” Magazine project curated by Ronald Johnson. Art Papers.
2012 “Multimodal Methods to Learning.” Artist talk. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New You are able to, NY
2011 “American Loneliness: Erectile dysfunction Ruscha.” Guest lecturer. Modern Art Museum of Foot. Worth. Foot. Worth, Texas
2009 “Quotation as Gesture.” Guest lecturer. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Fort Worth, Texas
2008-2010 Visiting Assistant Professor. Graduate Committees, Art History, and Studio Art. The College of Texas. Arlington, Texas
2008 “Site Space Situation: Installation Art.” The College of Texas. Arlington, Texas
2007 “Hybrid Texts: Image and Writing in Art.” The College from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
2006 Visiting artist. School from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
2005 “Dan Flavin as Historian.” Guest lecturer. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Fort Worth, Texas
2004 Visiting artist. DePaul College. Chicago, IL
2003 “The Passion for Ruins.” Guest lecturer. The Skill Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
2002 Visiting artist. College of Texas at Dallas. Dallas, Texas
2000 “Publish Genre Writing.” Guest lecturer. School from the Art Institute. Chicago, IL
1992 Panel discussion with Scott Rankin, John Torreano and Julia Fish. Annual meeting, College Art Association. Chicago, IL
1985 “Work, work, ‘Other Places,’ Ruins.” Guest lecturer. NAME Gallery. Chicago, IL
1984 “Artists’ Diaries, Notebooks, Journals.” Lecture series. School from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
1983 Visiting artist. Oxbow Summer time Art School. Saugatuck, MI
1982 Collage workshop. Hinsdale South Senior High School. Hinsdale, IL
1980 Guest lecturer. Sculpture Dept., School from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
1979 Guest lecturer and critic. Portland School of Art. Portland, ME
2015 Dozier Travel Award. Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, Texas
2013 GuestHaus Residency. La, CA
2012 Moss/Chumley Award. Meadows Museum. Dallas, Texas
2008 Wynn Newhouse Foundation Award
2002 Residency grant in the Experimental Seem Studio. Chicago, IL
2001 Art Council/Artadia Award. Jury Award Recipient
1999 Illinois Arts Council. Project Completion Grant
2016 Herren, Natilee. “Overview of exhibition.” Davis Shelton Gallery. Artforum Worldwide. Summer time Issue
2014 Simiek, Peter. “The Dallas 40.” D Magazine. September
2013 Brettell, Richard. “DMA Exhibition Review.” Dallas Morning News. October 2014
2012 Grigely, Frederick. “Beautiful Progress to Nowhere.” Parallel Lines Journal. The month of january
2011 Ladner, Barbara E. “Review: Writing Art Cinema 1988-2010 by Stephen Lapthisophon.” MAKE Literary Productions. NFP.
2010 “Devin King in Conversation with Stephen Lapthisophon.” Bad at Sports. March 9.
2009 Judson, Ben. “Six Years later. Unit B Gallery.” Dallas. Review. Glasstire.
2008 Koestenbaum, Wayne. “Hotel Theory”. Soft Skull Press. p. 155.
2007 Mitchell, C.D.. Overview of Conduit exhibition. Dallas Morning News. November.
2005 Wolfe, Ginger root, “Stephen Lapthisophon: Authenticity along with other Critical Engagements”. Catalogue essay. Kunstverein INGAN. Berlin, Germany.
2004 Artner, Alan G. “Lapthisophon’s Soundscapes.” Chicago Tribune. September.
2003 Hixson, Kathryn. Overview of With Reasonable Accommodation. frieze. April.
2002 Wainwright, Lisa. “Found Objects in the skill of Stephen Lapthisophon.” Exhibition essay. Gallery 400. College of Illinois. Chicago, IL.
2001 Purcell, Greg. Overview of Mean Souls…. New Art Examiner. October.
2000 Snodgrass, Susan. “Agitator: Contemporary Art of Propaganda.” C Worldwide.
1993 McCracken, David. “Alternative Spaces Think Back and Sally Forth.” Chicago Tribune. September 24.
1992 McCracken, David. “Bao’s Apes Stimulate Human Moods.” Chicago Tribune. November.
1990 Bulka, Michael. Overview of Your Message Here. New Art Examiner.
1989 Taylor, Sue. “Present in the Creation.” Catalogue essay. Chicago Cultural Center.
1988 McCracken, David. “Impossible Pictures.” Chicago Tribune. December.
1984 British, Christopher. Overview of The Seem of Music/The Idea of Praxis. New Art Examiner. April
1983 British, Christopher. “Artists Operate in Clay.” New Art Examiner. June. p. 17.
1982 Lundy, Ray. “Opening New Doorways.” New Art Examiner. 12 ,., 17.
1981 Elliot, David. “Rube Goldberg meets Spike Johnson.” Art News. November. p. 181.
1979 Rickey, Carrie. “Chicago.” Art in the usa. Summer time. pp. 47-50
2012 “The Gallery as Host.” The College of Texas at Dallas.
2011 “Bridged.” Exhibition of MFA students from N Texas.
2010 “Sustenance.” Group exhibition. West Dallas warehouse.
2010 “Living Among Others.”
1988 “Categories of Robert Smithson” N.A.M.E. Gallery Chicago, IL.