Richard Blackwell is an Australian born, Chicago based artist undertaking an MFA in print media at SAIC. Richard's work is a static, visual account of perception and experience in urban space. He is interested in the use of systems within artwork production—including both invented systems and incumbent ones such as printmaking—as a kind of stand in for the seriality of Architecture. Richard Completed a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honors at the Australian National University in 2009 and before relocating to Chicago in 2012 worked as an artist in Australia.

Personal Statement

My work recounts the phenomenological experience of architecture at velocity in the form of abstract sculptural or graphic facades. Through the invention and application of tools and the adherence to invented systems within my practice I hope to highlight in the work a sense of the infinitely complex, unique experience that constitutes a persons sense of time, space, transformation and being within a concrete, repetitive, and serialized landscape. By engaging in repetitive and serial actions such as automated production, guided painting and printmaking in my work I can both mimic production, and reveal the uniqueness of everything through an apparent sameness.


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