Sculpted: Histories Revealed (2014 Exhibition)About the Artist: After obtaining his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Richard Vosseller spent the requisite time in New York where he continued to grow his studio practice, took welding classes and worked as assistant to sculptor Mihai Popa. To expand his discipline, Richard moved to the Left Coast and received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the last decade, his practice has grown and evolved to incorporate principles of painting, sculpture, poetry and commercial construction into his art. His thoughts center around polemics of time and space, success and failure, static objects and motion: the world as four dimensions. Richard has been the recipient of a Cirque Du Soleil Grant, a supported residency at the Goldwell Artists Residency in Rhyolite, Nevada and two commissions for public works from Arlington County, Virginia. He was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize.
My interest in physicality manifests itself in the media I choose coupled with my enthusiasm for architecture and my pragmatic involvement with modes of construction. In the past, I have used methods of industrial construction borrowed from the trades and designed on an architectural scale. Residential construction became sculptures of wood and sheetrock based on the meter of poetry. Structural applications found their way into my work as loadbearing compositions based on literature. The idea of large but light and self-supporting objects was borrowed from methods derived from the aviation industry and rendered fragile in the medium of birch wood and rice paper and through the context of rebuilding a decrepit jail in a gold-rush ghost town. Recent forays into three-dimensional scanning have proved fertile proving grounds for ideas of making the intangible tangible. In all of my projects, I endeavor to reify my thoughts on the idea of duality with a concentration on the existence, or non-existence, of failure. I use all means at my disposal. But always, always, the friction of dichotomy, art and architecture, success and failure, temporal and permanent; no one idea is exclusive. I make images and objects that speak to this ideal. - Richard Vosseller