RICHARD HELLER : SPECULATIVE DIAGRAMS
At the center of this work is the exploration of an expressive language that looks to creating new spatial orders, visualizing concepts such as biological structures, patterns from various cultures, and information networks. To keep the process open to improvisation I have used printing as a basis for creating these works. I created a number of stamps culled from different sources that can be employed spontaneously as needed in the development of the work. Most of these works are layered with different prints. This does use printmaking in a conventional way. The prints, made from rubber are used in place of brush strokes and mark making. There is no formal registration when printing. Chance, juxtaposition, and intuition all play a part. Most pieces are hand colored with gouache and acrylic. Given the small scale and directness of the process many of these become both studies and rehearsals for larger works.