“I’m exploring systems and networks that echo the forces of nature, not necessary mimic nature itself. In essence, showing environments and people as movements in perpetual motion.”
Echoing the force of nature
Richard Slechta’s art practice examines the paradox between structure and nature, between the way images keep us constrained and still invite infinite perspectives.
A major tenet of his work is looking at the behaviors of natural forces: pressures of geological formations, influence of gravity and flow of currents. He thinks in systems, in networks that echo the force of nature, not necessary mimic nature itself. In essence, showing environments and people as movements in perpetual motion.
Seeking new ways of seeing, experiencing and manifesting light, Richard’s preoccupation with the phenomenon has been a defining influence on every aspect of his work. The artists of the California Light and Space movement reduced emerging technologies to its minimal components. Richard is continuing in this approach, in pursuit of transference of light as means to affect the human psyche and sensorium.
Richard’s light-based work tests the belief that traditional methods don’t necessitate traditional results. Using one of the first camera-less photographic processes developed, his light-based work fuses together fields of photography and painting. He uses the behavior of light and its interactions with matter as a means to project the echoing forces of nature.
Richard’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as Switzerland, Italy and Japan. In 2018, he had a solo exhibition,Cascades, at the Museum of Art at the University of Arizona. In 2017, Richard was selected to be part a museum survey of photographic artists who challenge the ideas of what photography is and can be. Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido presented the relationship of contemporary modes of creation alongside photography icons such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Eleanor Antin. Richard exhibited 17 works, including a multi-panel mural-scale piece.
In 2015, three additional solo exhibitions exploring the intersection of art and technology were held at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA; Science Spectrum Museum, Lubbock, TX; and, the International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX. Concurrently, Richard had a panoramic installation presenting a visual theater spanning across the gallery walls of Gallery 825 in Los Angeles (2015). In 2014, he held his first solo museum exhibition, Inherent Trajectories, at the Mattie Kelly Fine Arts in Florida.
Based in Los Angeles, Richard received a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a degree in 3D Digital Production & Lighting from the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles. His works are represented in several museum and private collections.