2nd Saturday Gallery Reception: May 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Mendocino Art Center hosts a free Second Saturday Artists Reception each month. Enjoy snacks and wine, and meet the exhibiting artists.
"Sri Mona," mixed media on wood,
18" x 19".
"Mona Li San," mixed media on wood,
18" x 19".
The common thread present in all of my work is a joyful playfulness. My work puts the viewer, whatever their age, back in touch with some childhood feelings. I have seen individuals entering my exhibit with family members, obviously not wanting to be there, and within seconds, their attitude changes. Their eyes lighten up and their facial expression is transformed. They are obviously enjoying themselves.
My paintings are interactive, and require a participation from the viewer. There is a playful inter-action taking place.
I place cultural icons and other elements of contemporary popular culture into a new context to illustrate thought provoking social, political or cultural issues.
In my kinetic art, the image changes depending on your relative position to the painting. The gallery visitors are seen playfully walking back and forth in front of the painting to witness the transformations of the image.
In other paintings, the viewer can physically transform the overall image into a myriad of possibilities.
My work is extremely detailed, packed with hidden whimsical information that can only reveal itself upon scrutiny.
Using a bright palette, I paint in acrylic on multi-faceted wood structures.
"The King & The Duke," acrylic on wood panel, "22 x 37".
Prior to relocating to the Mendocino Coast, I traveled through several continents, performing as a musician and singer-songwriter in Europe and Africa.
I created jingles and film soundtracks in France and the USA, notably Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film Tusk.
I came to America for the US release of my album Dedicace, andfell in love with California. Relocating from Paris, France, to Los Angeles, I quickly moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where I produced bands of different genres on stage and in recording studios.
I free-lanced as a graphic artist, and created Chemical Syndrome a music video presented in North America, Europe and Asia, and played guitar in the Bay Area improv band These Are Not My Hands.
I wrote and directed the feature film THE BOOK: They Came From Inner Space, a kitsch sci-fi, winner of 13 awards.
Video presentation of
Read about Richard Weiss in Mendocino Arts magazine's spring/summer 2017 issue
"Making Art We Dance to"
"The Empire," acrylic on wood, 50" x 50"
Free screenings of
Saturday, May 20, at 4pm
Trailer of The Book
"Mon' and Nef'" mixed media on wood, 18" x 38".