The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Richard Slechta: Cascades


May 26 – September 9, 2018

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 power hierarchies.  His images are a perception of fragmented tension that teeter upon tipping points, volatile states, and moments of suspension.

In Cascades, Slechta invites viewers to be part of the shifting action as an investigation into the fleeting nature of things we hold most precious.  Pragmatically looking forward, into the trajectory of possibility.

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 a complex interaction of depth, color and movement that has a strong painterly presence, yet its surface appearance is pristine and anonymous.

Slechta is a Los Angeles based artist and a graduate of School of Visual Arts in New York City.  Since the 1990’s he has been experimenting and innovating with large-scale, non-camera based photography to respond to our contemporary moment.

Learn more about Slechta’s work and process in this video:

Image: Richard Slechta, Inflection Point, 2016, Chromogenic Photogram, 30×30 inches