About

Kyle Richardson lives and works in New Haven, CT and is an MFA Candidate at the Yale School of Art. CV is available upon request, and you can reach me at richtextdoc000@gmail.com. Find me on are.na or insta. This site is hand coded, always in progress, & last updated 07☉08☉22.

News

JUL 2022

  • Chilling in New Haven...
  • Reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Am I A Redundant Human Being? by Mela Hartwig, and How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr

In Progress

The Nameplate

Book

w/ Marcel Rosa-Salas + Isabel Flower (& Clarkson Potter)

Reading Work Studio

Website

w/ Xaviera Simmons

Yale Schools of Architecture + Environment Joint Degree Program

Website

w/ Miguel Gaydosh

Yale Urban Media Project

Website

w/ Darnell Henderson

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Riso Publication

w/ Darnell Henderson (& Wendy’s Subway)

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Publication

w/ Video School (Gabo, Candice + Joey)

2022

Book

Disembodied Voice in Girl 6

Phone sex operators as remote workers are able to transmit their voices and engage in others fantasies globally, this independence from being seen or having a finite place of work creates a distributed network of women workers. Other related forms of feminine vocal work are ASMR, Sonic Signage, and AI Assistants. This book features my essay talking about the role of disembodied voice in Spike Lee's Girl 6 and includes the cited bibliography for a film class I took, The Working Girl Around the World taught by Dr. Leana Hirschfeld-Kroen.

  • 4.25 x 11 in
  • Spiral Bound, Transparent Acrylic etched cover, 56pp

Anthology

Contemporary Luddism

Using objects for other purposes than what they were originally intended for or refusing to be useful are contemporary forms of luddism. Equipment and services needed for work like laptops, internet, rent, electricity bills are all offloaded onto the worker when we work remotely — how can we ‘break stuff’ when we own the means of production?

This anthology includes collected writings covering themes of tech skepticism, gig work, deceleration, automation, the power of boredom, examples of counter-tech, anti-work, uses of nostalgia, reclaiming uselessness.

  • Saddle Sewn, 200 pp, Black Laser print on Newsprint
  • Features 8 illustrations by Federico de Vinciolo, that were Patterns for Lace, Embroidery and Needlepoint, in 1588
  • Display type is a custom font I made, Point Break, that references patterns for looms

Website

Grammys House

Grammy’s House is a digital archive of photos and printed ephemera that my grandma gave me before she moved to Egypt in 2018. This is an ode to her and the city that raised us both. I made a physical dollhouse installation with miniatures I purchased that were based on items grammy kept in her homes. I also delivered a performance lecture, in a class On Gathering taught by Mindy Seu, that mirrored the navigation of the website, which is a floorplan of her LES apartment, in real space.

Visit grammys.house

Elliott Cost interviewed me about the project on Gossip’s Web.

The installation was shown in Entre fotos y cuadernos, entre cosas y recuerdos, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, April 2 – May 29, 2022. Master’s thesis exhibition curated by Angelica Arbelaez. Photo: Olympia Shannon 2022.

  • Dollhouse: Laser etched plywood, white house paint, glue, 20 individual miniatures, printed facsimilies and reproductions from photos my grandmothers photo archive
  • Lecture: Single channel projection, Red Masking Tape, Printed Postcards

Collages

Girls, Visions and Everything

I collaged random images I had saved on my desktop on various things I have been thinking about: bioluminescence, femdom, analog photography, etc. I first riso printed and made copies with a vintage Xerox machine — I then experimented with reproducing these images onto clay.

  • Riso Prints, Cone 10 Clay Slabs with Black underglaze
  • Approx 8.5 x 11 in

2021

Typeface

Anglo

Anglo is a revival of Anglo Black 503 from George Bruce's Son & Co., Type Founders. I redrew this tyepface because I wanted a legible, text-weight, blackletter that almost read as a monoline sans serif. I am interested in how blackletter has an aesthetic presence in Black & Brown communities that has a life of its own — separate from the European canon and history of moveable type.

Video

LaGuardia Bathhouse

This video is a short experimental documentary about a derelict building I cherished— featuring a special mural— that was demolished in 2019.

  • Single Channel Video
  • 5min 14s
  • Screened at Brought it Home: A Continuum

Hammock

Chilleando

The term Hammock is a loan word that originated from the Taíno (“Hamaka”) which Spaniards essentially left unchanged (“Hamaca”) but then anglicized in the English speaking West (“Hammock”). Chilleando es una hamaca that cites poesía, the 1552 account Historia general de las Indias by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo Valdés, and academic papers on the struggle with Spanglish y los efectos de colonización.

Publication

Two Bridges Urban Renewal Area

A taxonomy of icons, textures, and curious abandoned buildings around one of the NYC neighborhoods I grew up in. I found out that one of the geodesic domes CHARAS built— the one Buckminster Fuller visited— was on the same plot of land my fathers apartment building currently stands.

  • 2 Color Risograph publication, 24pp
  • 5.5 x 8.5 in
  • Edition of 10

Typeface

Penthouse

Penthouse is a revival of Bauer’s Venus and it is a work in progress.

Book

Immaterial Emotional Affective Service

ASMRtists, service workers, graphic designers, gig workers, and all independent contractors (on & off the books) know the instability that is the modern job market. The more immaterial your job description, the higher the paycheck... This book includes social media comments, memes, academic writings, articles and asmr videos on the subject.

  • 5 saddle stitched signatures and perfect bound with glue, 56 pp
  • 5-7/8 x 8-1/4 in

Sculpture

Mechanical Bull

The stock market is an invisible force that has tangible affects on people despite its disconnect from reality. This vibrator makes it concrete.

  • Single channel video, 55s
  • Repackaged ready-made Jack Rabbit Vibrator

2020

Typeface

Fulana

Fulana is a medium contrast, translation display typeface with ornate serifs. The term fulana is Spanish slang for “whats-her-name.” This typeface was made during a 10 week class, Principles of Typeface Design at Type @ Cooper.

Branding

Shybunko Spirits

I made a custom logotype and labels for homemade vermouth by my friend, Kyle Shybunko, who started to make bitters at home during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Website

Lousy Mindless Salesgirl

The term Lousy Mindless Salesgirl comes from Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker, published in 1984. This website questions the purpose of labor and a persons worth in relation to their position as a worker in America. This was my first website, I made it during Fruitful School, big thanks to Laurel Schwulst & John Provencher.

Visit lousymindlesssalesgirl.com

2019

Branding

Kokito

Coquito, which translates to "little coconut", is a traditional winter holiday drink made in Puerto Rico and its diaspora. The recipe varies but is usually a mix of coconut + sweetened, condensed milks. I made a dairy-free version, and branded it with a custom KOKITO logotype based on the Good’ O Kola Champagne logo. Kola Champagne is another drink import from Puerto Rico and remains a staple in NYC bodegas. Sold Out

2016

Publication

Tropical Fantasy

An art book compiling concrete poetry, contextual prose, and defaced photos of my maternal side grandparents. The book takes place in Puerto Rico and New York over several decades, trying to make sense of their melodrama.

  • Saddle Stitched publication, 4 Color & Gold Metallic PMS, 24 pp,
  • 8 x 10 in
  • Edition of 100