Overture

Art is about being involved with Life. Art is a promise of a journey, of freedom to pursue your truth. Touching the underbelly of our humanity, it shows not of what we rigidly believed, but how we imagined.

Concerns

Richard Slechta is a multidisciplinary artist, using light, paint and photography to arouse our sensory knowledge. Concerned with light reactions as a perpetual state of movement, Slechta opens up questions of high and low structural hierarchies. His images are a perception of fragmented tension that teeter upon moments of suspension.

System of Perception

Slechta challenges classical ideals of photography and its inevitable system of historicization.  Instead, he uses the spirit of process as a system of perception, towards other kinds of knowing. John Cage once said, “There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.  There is always something to see, something to hear.” With Slechta’s photograms, this principle is turned into brief moments of transience as light triggers color.

Pristine & Anonymous

Slechta’s works are created via a camera-less photographic medium that incorporates focused bursts of light onto traditional photo paper. His concepts originate as translucent geometric paintings that are re-interpreted with beams of light.

 

This produces works that have a strong painterly presence, yet its surface appearance is pristine and anonymous.

Beginnings & Today

Growing up on the family farm, he had to find creative ways to build things with what was at hand. His ease with picking up materials and transforming them, has become a driver for his experimental approach to image making.

 

Today, Richard is a Los Angeles based artist and a graduate of School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has been experimenting and innovating with large-scale, non-camera based photography that draws on older traditions of creation in response to our contemporary moment.

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