I recently presented an artist talk for the ArtsWatch Speaker Program in conjunction with my solo exhibition ‘Theater of Movement’ at Citrus Collage Art Gallery. I find it so rewarding to put together this type of exhibit for a Citrus Collage Art Gallery, where it’s not about the commerce of art, but solely about sharing […]
Citrus College Art Gallery Citrus College presents, Theater of Movement, a solo exhibition comprised of 17 artworks by Richard Slechta. February 22 - May 19, 2023 gallery hours: M-F, 8:30 - 4:30 Citrus College, Glendora, CA Map
My work has been Included in the group exhibit, “Where Do We Go From Here?” at Analog Forever Magazine. The piece that was chosen is "Plenty among equals" from my Ether of the Homeland series. Curated by photographer Vanessa Leroy. Exhibition link: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
As an analog photogram artist, I’m a firm believer in the importance of the special things we surround ourselves with. From the art we enjoy in our homes to that special coffee cup we use in our morning rituals; they all are part of the intention we set forth. I recently just finished the […]
I don’t know if you agree, but after a full year of a global pandemic, it finally feels like we are at a collective break-through, a returned sense of optimism, potential, and fresh air to be taken in. It’s this feeling that reminds me of a new piece, “Stasis Dissipation”. It’s a shattering of inertia. […]
“Whisky has always tasted like introspection to me, a quiet moment after taking a sip, the lingering aftertastes inviting you to ponder the flavors on your tongue.” – By Hannu Rajaniemi, The Quantum Thief. This quote speaks beautifully to the slow savoring of ideas and sensory experiences – the very experience of taking in an artwork […]
I was recently talking with collectors about some of the symbolism found in my art, like the waveform. An excellent example is ‘Optimal Inflection‘, inspired after I first saw an active seismograph with swinging arms jolting back-and-forth as the ground shook beneath us. What was remaining was mesmerizing, a written history without bias, a recording […]
Looking back to at the exhibition of my ‘Cascades’ series at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the 3 words I would use to describe the movement in this works are Unfixed, Fluctuated and Disassembling. If presence-of-mind and state-of-mind are the optics of our perception, the works in the Cascades series can be distinguished […]
What interests me in my art practice is how light interacts with matter in ways that are not perceivable to the eye. When I create this subtle exposure of light onto photo paper, it becomes a catalyst to understand the collective intelligence of the natural world. With this in mind, enjoy the artwork ‘Yielding Resistance‘ […]
It’s January 20th, 2021. I love the beginning of the year and the sense of renewed creativity it brings. Surprisingly, 2020 was one of my most prolific years in the art studio despite the many challenges the pandemic has created. This month in the studio, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on framing the artworks […]
As an artist, I like to think of natural systems as a fascinating reference where I can learn to understand myself and others. I see it in the co-operation of a flock of migrating geese, bees constructing geometric hives and even electrons and protons in balance forming a single atom. Each of these contain an […]
This is Tunnel Boom, the latest release to the 2020 series, Incompressible Flow. The title draws on the imagination of shock waves of compressed air releasing with massive force. However we envision this piece in our memories, in the confines of this tunnel vision is the accumulation of something powerful happening. Here’s an amazing video […]
Let me introduce my newest art release, Piston Effect. Of course it doesn’t look even remotely related to it’s early 19th century photographic process, nor does it need too. It’s tell a different story. I often underplay how I make my art for a reason, it gets in the way. I believe the art that excites […]
This next artwork is titled Gradient Advantage, making reference to of a term used for describing geological formations in relation to water flows. Continuing the theme of Incompressible flow, this piece volleys the question, could there ever be a favorable position of advantage in a system of perpetual motion?
Tangential Grasps is the next new introduction to the Spring 2020 series. Emerging at all edges are flowing tube-like shapes of light travel out of darkness into a cool-white collective. Within the center core only hints the flowing movements turbulently swirling into a primordial soup of change and chance.
In January, as initiated my spring 2020 series, I had no idea that we were headed into a global crisis of health, heart and mind. I knew I wanted to make a series of abstract works that thematically worked with two concepts. First, Incompressible, as a state of defiant resistance to increasing pressure. Second, Flow as […]
It's a pleasure to share an exciting book project that aims to capture 93 artists working in Spring 2020. You'll find many familiar Los Angeles artist, including myself. Try previewing the book and look alphabetical towards S's. If you like what you see, why not support a fresh narrative that reflects on our time together.Cheers!
The inspiration for this work, Turbidity Current originates as fast-moving currents that are intermixing with a fury of inky saturation. With this new body of work, I’m reflecting on the movements and currents that surround us, in part as an abstraction to reflect upon the currents we allow to flow into our lives. The term […]
Lyrical Dissonance is a calm and quiet artwork but presses at the urgency of time. It reminds me, almost of leaves being taken and scattered by the wind with the earthy tones fluttering in the bottom half. However, its symbolism is more of a human construct; structured, ridged and divided. The passage of age and […]