I’m not sure if you have a similar experience, but there are a handful artworks that I regularly think about to help bring clarity to difficult moments. Since the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus and it’s all consuming anxiety, there has been one piece of artwork that has been asking me to come closer and […]
During a fruitful meeting with a collector last week, I was asked, “how long does it take to make one of your artworks?”. I had a fresh perspective to share. The last 2 month in the studio been kind of like hitting my head against a brick wall, then getting all excited afterwards to try it […]
This is Precariously Bright. It has intense, vibrating, white hot energy as if it is falling into a tipping point. A place of uncertainty. There’s this sense of a shooting star that you know only happens for a brief moment and it’s gone. And, that’s this moment this work is about. The way I work […]
I’ve been working with abstraction for quite some time now, and it’s a very powerful thing. It’s a language that allows us to communicate together without being restricted by the noun, by who I am and who are you. It allows us to just get all that out of the way and have a dialog […]
“The artist role is not to generate meaning, but to cultivate the meanings that are already there.” Author, Cal Newport shares this idea in the book Deep Work, while making a compelling argument for relevance of focused concentration over scattered multi-tasking. What I found interesting as it relates to art, Cal Newport makes the connection […]
It’s hard to imagine, but it wasn’t that long ago that the common perception in the art world was ‘photography was not art’. Even in the 1990’s within the safe confines of a New York City art school, it was hotly debated. The NYC gallery scene all but confirmed it was gospel as well. “Photography” […]
One of my sources of inspiration as an artist using experimental photography, is light itself. Light has been the defining element in my life, in part for much the same reasons as philosophers and scientists have been drawn to it over the millennia. Light is like no other substantive experience. It is instantaneous, yet […]
The multi panel installation of photogram \’Precariously Bright\’ seamlessly locked together like a dream for the exhibition, Photography Expanded. All the aluminum framing fabrication was done in-studio.
Indeed life it too short to repeat oneself and I believe that is important for my art as well. There is confusion sometimes with my artwork being a hybrid between painting and photography, that the photograms are copies or duplicates, just like photographs are from an original negative or digital file. Nope! Each piece […]
The conceptions of my art begins as large translucent paintings in a hard-edge minimalist style. Once the painting is done, the theater of light begins. The best way to control light is in total darkness. Using traditional photo-paper acting as my canvas. I roll out giant sheets of photo paper and lay the translucent […]
One of most important principles I keep in mind in the creative process, asking “is my art coming from a place of genuine intention founded in others?” Contrary to and probably shock to many, I don’t consider my artwork to be about me. I’m reminded by this daily, in a quote posted near my studio […]
I often get asked, what set me on the the path to become an artist? I imagine people expect to hear a story of natural born talent, with the glowing aura of ‘protege’. The truth is, I’m one of those odd-balls where I was really crystal clear on what I wanted to do with my life […]
I’m not sure if it’s the naivety of youth that allows our early influences to run the profoundly deepest. This was certainly true for me as a young artist and what propelled me to dedicate much of my life to the camera less photographic medium, the photogram. It was 1992, art school and I already […]
I imagine you all know my work well, but perhaps less about who I call my friendly competition – the rigorous circle of contemporary artists that also work within the genre of experimental, non-camera based photography. Not exactly mainstream, but it’s growing lure is an art genre that draws on older traditions of pre-digital methods […]
I love the time of year when I open up the studio to friends and collectors to get a first look of my new series, Cascades. Another delicious Studio BBQ wraps up the 2017 year.
An important part of my studio practice is “how” I make my art. This “how” informs the intent that is embedded in the works. The glistening and pristine surface of the photo paper, only quietly whispers to the materials and mannerisms of its making. Draw closer and enjoy this video.
A few introductory photos from Richard’s studio, located in the Downtown LA Arts District.
After traveling to four beautiful museum and 7000 miles, the artwork has come back to the studio for a few months. New museum exhibits already in the planning.
A Delicious 2015 BBQRichard’s Annual Open Studio & BBQ is located in the Downtown LA Arts District, two blocks from the renowned L.A. River surrounded by galleries and hipster coffee shops and scrap yards. This is always a great time to explore my studio, learn more about my art making practice and most importantly, see […]