Lexi Smoke - 2008 / mixed source photo-painting. O.P.S. - 28”x 48”
Picasso drew his tyrant
In a tornado.
You blink and freeze the mouth
The destructive cleansing
Forced angle, harsh line
Away from your perception
View point, pointed
And quick of her rapier
Makes you flinch.
I was born of Yaqui-Mexican & Finn decent. Raised in Southern California. Pursued artistic endeavors throughout my life, originally in the visual arts which morphed into music and performance by the 1980’s and then returned full circle…
(In high school and all my life prior to 1991 while growing up in the San Bernardino / Riverside area of So. Cal., via adoption, I was known as Richard (Ric) Anderson).
Formed influential So.Cal. New wave art bands Little Baby Strangers, A Soft Zoo, Freaks Amor and The Blue Box throughout the 80’s. Moved to San Francisco by late 87. While in S.F. reformed Little Baby Strangers and formed the crypto-pop band Mona Lisa Suitcase with Mandible Chatter guitarist Grant Miller. Also began serious work in writing while taking course work at the S.F. Art Institute in Performance, 3D Design and Video Art and Photography.
Returned to So.Cal. By ‘91, released poetry chap book “Any”, collaborated with Techno-Ambient artist Keith McGrew on the sonic project, SecondCulture’s CD “It…the Other One”. 1st serious dabbling in computer aided graphics while creating cover for SecondCulture CD.
Moved to Flagstaff AZ (‘93-‘98), was co-creator of the Difference Machine Art Space. Studied under & collaborated with southwest experimental filmmaker & photographer Larry Holloway, James Tyrell artist Craig “Vern Bob Wire” Baumhoffer and created music with progressive guitarist Rick Anderson in the group Rye Catchers.
Wrote and directed multimedia performance piece/ film, “6, 16, 29” for performance at Coconino Center for the Arts.
Wrote and directed multimedia piece, “Masculism”, with Ballet Aztlan choreographer David Ramos for Planet Earth Theatre in Phx. AZ. Created neo-surreal/sensualist film ” Come Home” as a work in progress for Alwun House’s “Exotic” show Phx. AZ. And had a film, photography and performance retrospective at Peter Reagan’s Metropophobobia Art Space Phx. AZ winter 1997. Also formed experimental music group Cup.
Moved to Austin, TX in July of 1998. Immediately set about incorporating more technology into the artistic vision that had been defined while in Arizona via the scanning and manipulating of photo negatives to create painterly photo-graphic art and the use of digital video in the creation of linear & non filmic art.
Participated in numerous group shows around Austin. ProJex’s Nude Work 2000 & 2001 & Gallery Lombardy’s Erotica 2001 as well as having individual shows at F8 Gallery, DiverseArts Gallery and Debbie Peacock Gallery. Really broke out with “GET” show at Wet Salon & Studios in which r/ace sold numerous works causing Austin art critic Michael Barns to the Austin American Statesman “Acevedo is one of the best of Austin’s sensually charged artists”
Not to be limited to one-dimensional art, I spread my wings by creating visuals behind such provocative musical artists as Laura Scarborough, Woodwork & Art-Metal savant Titsworth and his band Pail. The direction and camera work, respectively, of the latter’s music videos “Birth”, “Mindscar”, “Youth” and 2006’s released “Space Monkey”, were embraced by the Austin Musical Network as some of the best local producer directors of 00-2006. Gaining notoriety as a visualist director.
Also in the early ‘00’s I pioneered the process/concept of photographic painting, described here by Stacee Millangue of Austin’s “Idea Gallery” as “…r/ace’s, work like “Through Her” …defines the possibilities of modern photography. His image of a female nude also contains several layers, looking similar to a ghostly colored x-ray. After taking several photos of his subject, he printed the film, purposefully over-exposing some parts, lightening and darkening others. He then digitally created a collage and added organic layer of wax and pigment.” Or as England based creative director Ali Hobb’s is quoted as saying, “r/ace is a sensory genius”
Musically in 2003 I did guest vocals & lyrics for the Flat Hand 5 project formed by Seattle based musician & underground personality D.A. Sabastian of gokustom.com. In fall I produced the soundtrack to the film “Whole” featuring Austin based artists Govinda, Laura Scarborough, Michaelanglo and Kan’nal to name a few.
Not slowing down in 2004, I curated and contributed to the deconstructing of the nude with “Contour” featuring painting and mixed media works at WET Salon & Studios in March. I had my second collection of prose released by DiverseArts Press entiteled “Sonambulo” in June, and then collaborated with choreographer Ellen Bartel, composer Graham Reynolds and digital media artist Buck Wall on “Sonambulo” (the malti-media dance concert) based on his book which was performed at Austin’s Off Center in July of the same year.
In ‘05 I started the “She Rocks” Calendar which was a celebration of the rockin’, in both music and attitude, women of the Austin music scene. It continues today with biz partner Deanna Marie of “Velvet Brick” Making the calendar a yearly collectable of the Austin scene.
I regularly interact with DiversArts “New East” Gallery, JadeGate, Pump Project, GAT5, WET Studio & Salon, The Projex Gallery, Octopus Club ArtErotica and Continental Gallery, and is devote follower of the Churdh of the SubGenius… praise Bob, praise Slack….
I’m presently continuing to plumb the depths of mine and your psyche with perversions of light and form via lense and print.
Recently r/ace was excepted in the prestigious Center for Fine Art Photography 2008 “International Artful Nude Competition”
GO TO: http://www. c4fap. org/exhibitors/2008Nude/ExhibitorsAnnounce. asp
Out of hundreds of national and international entries. Excepted was r/ace’s “Working Woman”. The judge was none other than the son of America’s premiere fine-art nude photographer Edward Weston… Kim Weston.
"I’m attemping to haunt you with yourself" r/ace ‘04.
RAWORX CREATIVE IS THE COMMERCIAL ARM OF WHAT I DO.