November 4 - 25, 2023
From Redbud Arts Center:
“Redbud Arts Center is excited to invite you to Rich Doty’s opening reception “Mostly Not Completely Serious”.
Whimsically funny, sometimes political, Rich Doty’s creations mirror the signs of the times. His works are thoughtfully as well as thought provokingly created from different materials. Oftentimes he utilizes everyday commodities to bring across a riveting point, other times he elicits a chuckle through sheer design. He states,” This work was never meant to be shown or sold. These pieces were done for only personal enjoyment and as a reaction to working as a graphic designer for 40 years. Success in commercial art means meeting deadlines, reaching client goals, inspiring customers to act, and achieving sales goals. In other words, pleasing someone else. These pieces were created just to make me happy. Yet here I am in a gallery at the encouragement of a dear friend to share and sell my art. It has been a journey I am still trying to understand. We are all shaped by our life experiences. My main influence for this work would be getting a Master’s Degree later in life where I majored in sculpture but also my work history at a newspaper, television station, architecture firm, and NASA contractor. Attending college during the Vietnam war shaped my politics, and a life in progressive churches has shaped me spiritually.
For 40 years I called myself a commercial artist or graphic designer without qualms. Calling myself an artist in the fine arts sense has been harder. I previously self-identified as a “humorist with a wood shop.” With this gallery show I am taking a step towards the former.”
Be prepared to be amused!”
Reception: November 4, 2023 | 6–9 pm
303 East 11th Street
Houston, 77008 TX
(713) 862-2532Get directions