September 17 – VALDOSTA – Richard Heipp enjoys bringing viewers to unexpected revelations while looking at his art.
“Heipp intends that viewers initially assume they are viewing digitally or mechanically reproduced images,” according to an artist statement provided by Valdosta State University’s Department of Art and Design. « »
Heipp’s work will be exhibited in “Museum Reflections: Artists, Devils and Saints,” which opens this week in the VSU Fine Arts Building.
“Heipp creates mimetic paintings photographically and digitally and he will be showcasing his recent paintings from Valdosta State University’s Museum Study Series in the Dedo Maranville Gallery,” said Mark T. Errol of the Art & Design department at SUV.
Heipp is an “artist, musician, and professor emeritus at the University of Florida,” according to VSU.
He “has had over 30 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 100 group exhibitions. He has also been commissioned to complete 20 site-specific public art projects with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 .”
He has received six Florida Artist Fellowships and received the Southeastern College Arts Association’s Achievement in Art Award. He received a scholarship from the Southern Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, in painting.
“Interested in the difference between seeing and looking, and how contemporary culture consumes images, Richard Heipp creates photographic and digital mimetic paintings that intersect themes of technology, vision and artistic production” , according to his artist statement, adding that he coined the term “photocentric” to “describe his carefully crafted airbrush paintings.”
“His most recent work in the Museum Studies series confronts how the interpretation and consumption of artworks and artefacts are affected by layered visual or cultural systems of vision, their institutional display and ultimately altered by Heipp’s translation into paintings.”
Heipp said, “I hope my work inspires viewers to slow down and really watch to see.”
“Museum Reflections: Artists, Devils, and Saints” by artist Richard Heipp opens with a free public reception, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, September 19, Dedo Maranville Gallery, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner Oak and Brookwood . The show runs until October 7. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.