Richard Blackwell is an Australian Artist and Educator currently based in Doha, Qatar. In addition to his art practice, Richard is an Assistant professor at VCU Arts in Qatar, where he also Co-ordinates the VCUQ FabLab. Richard received his MFA from the School of the art institute of Chicago in 2013. Richard's Work is has been exhibited extensively in Australia, with a growing presence internationally. His work is held in private and public collections, and has been recognized through grants and awards such as the Australian Council for the Arts New work Grant, and as a recipient of a 2013 Australian Fulbright Fellowship.
My work creates an account of the experience of living and interacting in our current social reality. That experience itself is the result of countless phenomenological interactions and relationships that are mediated by technology, ideology and the concrete structure of the built environment. As a result my work is a network of objects, a combination or a collage of marks, observations and processes, parsed by technological systems and personal systems of labor. As experience is mediated by personal desire so is the work. In this sense, equally connected to the external, the work attempts to take note or be aware of my own desire to make art as production, and so reflect my experience of the world in my work.
Centered in Sculpture and Printmedia, my practice takes wide ranging interdisciplinary approaches including, digital fabrication, digital media, photography and painting. My work invokes many narrative or thematic concerns relating to the experience of moving through the built environment in a way akin to Benjamin's Flaneur. This can span the spectrum of visual accounts of simple moments in transit to intensive research projects as a reaction to witnessed phenomena.