photo: Elizabeth Lavin
Stephen Lapthisophon (b. 1956) is an American artist, writer, and educator working in the field of conceptual art, critical theory, and disability studies. Lapthisophon received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. His studies continued at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in the Department of Comparative Literature and Theory from 1986-1989. His early work combined poetry, performance, sound art, and visual arts with postmodern philosophical concerns. Influences include Arte Povera, Robert Smithson and the legacy of the Situationists, who sought to make everyday life a focus of artistic activity.

In 1994 he suffered a major deterioration of his vision due to an neurological malady, and became legally blind after intensive medical treatment. His subsequent work as an installation artist and art theorist has been marked by this experience.

In his most recent work, Lapthisophon incorporates everyday objects as a means of breaking down the barriers between his art and daily life. His use of found objects such as string, cloth, leaves, or egg shells, as well as food materials including coffee, cinnamon, or saffron, challenges our ideas of permanence and process as they relate to art making. In doing so, he exalts the everyday and attempts to slow time in order to look longer and unpack hard-to-find meanings and forgotten histories.

He has exhibited extensively across the United States as well as internationally in exhibitions in Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Selected museum exhibitions include the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Museo de la Ciudad Queretaro, Mexico.

He lives and works in Dallas, Texas where he is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas.



© 2022 Stephen Lapthisophon


Public  Project
Billboard project with The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas
On view October 21-December 4, 2022

For MODERN BILLINGS XIII, Stephen Lapthisophon presents a group of images reflecting on his past work, and influences and fragments from his writing and installations. Lapthisophon’ s work moves, touches and records various states and contexts according to the situation offered. He is drawn to the idea of shifting contexts and changes in scale and time. These images span a number of years but are connected by questions of touch, mapping, directionality, and historical presence.

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