The Art Foundation Dallas based arts collective

Ruined State(s) No. 2

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Facilitated by The Art Foundation, Robert Andrade proposes Ruined State(s) No. 2, a public work in Dallas, TX exploring issues of state power related to the communal environment and physical site from which authority derives validity. As the project progresses it has evolved to question the role of the proposal and efforts to realize the project as art in itself.

About the Project

The project was proposed publicly at “Art in the Public Sphere” on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 to coincide with the proposal exhibition at Richland College’s Brazos Gallery on display Aug. 9 through Sept. 7, 2012.

An art party acting as fundraiser, “Altered States,” was held near the site on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 to coincide with Andrade’s UTD CentralTrak artist-in-residence project.

“The project is meant to consider change within States of dominance along with the connected ideology and its effects on the ground within the realm of the everyday,” states Andrade. By excavating the city plan of Washington D.C. -a global power center- into Dallas a comparison is enacted by mobilizing the symbolic structure of power into a semi-permanent state. The excavated earthwork will allow individuals access to meander the streets of the signified, yet physically failing, state of power. Locally, the project exposes conflicting stratifications and hierarchies concerned with urban development for the arts.

Part I:
Robert Andrade: Ruined State(s) No. 2 (a preliminary investigation)
Aug. 9- Sept. 7, 2012
Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas TX

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Part II:
Art in the Public Sphere” (public art lecture series)
Aug. 8 from 7-9 p.m.
The MAC, Dallas, TX

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Part III:
Altered States: An art party/fundraiser
February 9, 2013
Tornado Bus repair station, 3016 Gulden Lane, Dallas, TX 75212

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Part IV:
Robert Andrade artist-in-residence (one month)
Jan 28 – Feb 28, 2013.
UTD CentralTrak, Dallas, TX

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Part V:
Robert Andrade: Ruined State(s) No. 2 (public work was not created)
February 25 – March 23, 2013
vacant lot near 425 Singleton, Dallas, TX

For more information on the process and eventual dissolution of the project please reference the article ‘Fail Strong’ published by semigloss. Magazine.