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Dead Souls

Richie Budd


Fort Worth Contemporary Arts

February 25 – April 30, 2022


The Art Galleries at TCU are pleased to present Dead Souls, an exhibition of new work by Richie Budd. The exhibition runs February 5 – April 30, 2022 at Fort Worth Contemporary Art and opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, February 25, 6-8pm. Budd will give an artist talk on Saturday February 26, 2pm.


For his exhibition Dead Souls Richie Budd presents new biomorphic sculptures that suggest meaning through shape and sensation. The forms include multi-sensory devices such as Halloween ghost projectors, sound components, fans that distribute the smell of essential oils, popcorn makers popping, and George Foreman Grills that allow the artist to cook hotdogs. Through these sculptures Budd hopes to entice an affective encounter for gallery visitors that cultivates their future memories. The artist's intention is to coax a S.E.E. (Significant Emotional Event) in the immediate now, causing a direct link between the reference structure of the memory and the experiences in the future.


Someone once wrote about Richie's work after seeing a disco-ball flash at a party.

They were immediately transported back in their memory to go see Richie's art work, buy now..............................


Budd’s new works are part of his continuing study of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a model of communication and psychotherapy that considers our patterns of behavior and lived experience; essentially how we create our own subjective reality and how our brains have mechanisms in place to help us communicate in particular ways. Budd is interested in hypnosis as a means to uncover the power of the unconscious mind and how this works with the help of human senses. In this context, his sculptures function as a type of sensory tool as he investigates how people organize and communicate their thoughts.


Dead Souls, Budd’s exhibition title, is a reference to Nikolai Gogol's Russian novel of the same name, a novel known for its satire and reflection on moral behavior. Gogol describes various social encounters between Chichikov, the social-climbing main protagonist, and a vast array of characters; their interactions navigate the past and present, the living and the dead. Interestingly Dead Souls is also a title of a song on Joy Division’s 1988 album “Substance.”


Richie Budd lives and works in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and is best known for creating performances, sculptures, and installations involving the five senses. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions “Dumpster Dive,” Chelsea Mini-Storage, New York (2015) and “Performance/Residue: Schläger,” Triangle Arts Association, New York (2012), and group exhibitions “Julmarknad,” Galleri SE Konst, Falun, Sweden (2015), “Schläger performance” at Hands On An Art Body with Homecoming Committee, Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, (2012), and “The American performance,” VideoKonstFestival, Magasinet, Falun, Sweden (2011). In 2008 Budd was an Artist-In-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, and received critical acclaim in international press for his collaboration with Will Robison titled “C'mon Guy” at Scope Art Fair in 2011. In addition to exhibiting his work, Budd has also taught studio art including appointments at Texas Christian University (2012), Finnish Academy of Art, Helsinki, Finland (2008) and the Bergen National Academy of Arts, Bergen, Norway (2007). Budd holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also a Licensed Trainer and Coach of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. @richie_budd_art


For more information about this exhibition, interviews with the artist, images for press, or details about other activities of The Art Galleries at TCU please visit the Galleries website, email, or call 817-257-2588.


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About Fort Worth Contemporary Arts

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (FWCA) is a satellite exhibition space located a few blocks from the School of Art, on the edge of the TCU campus. Situated on West Berry Street, a busy urban corridor, this 2,000-square-foot gallery is TCU’s public-facing art venue. It offers a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage with the Dallas-Fort Worth community. At FWCA, the curatorial focus revolves around national and international artists at different stages of their career. It often includes work that has never been shown before or that is made on-site during a residency period, with direct support from the Art Galleries at TCU. This concentration means students have close access to high-quality art and can critically engage with artists on a one-on-one basis in the gallery.


Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at 2900 W. Berry St. and is open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm. Admission is free. In step with TCU Covid-19 protocols we ask that visitors follow these guidelines:

  • All visitors (students, faculty, staff and general public) must wear masks in the galleries, maintain 3ft social distancing and sign-in for contact tracing purposes. A gallery attendant will be on hand if you have any questions or forget your mask.
  • If you would like to bring your class or a group to the galleries, please contact us by email to arrange ahead of time To meet our occupancy guidelines we may need to split large classes or groups depending on which gallery you visit.

These guidelines are subject to change, and we will circulate updated guidelines for visiting the Galleries if needed. You can also follow all of TCU's Covid-19 updates here:


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