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Fig. 436 by RichardLeach Fig. 436 by RichardLeach
Exploded view.

Paper and film collage on playing card, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
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WordsAreMyWeakness Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the colors on this one. <3
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner May 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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WordsAreMyWeakness Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course!
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TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
:wave: HEY!!
What I am about to write in no way is meant to describe or assume your feelings as the creator, nor am I suggesting in any way that my view of this piece is anywhere near correct and should not be taken as a critique.

Instead, I am helping a friend of mine understand what I see in this and why I am so emotionally moved:



It says "Temperment is important. but life...
Exploded view"

This means to me that is it good to have a control of yourself
but there is no control for life.
The film at the top represents your life and at this point,
the film has been torn - life either is destroyed by the uncontrolable, or it ceases and ends in death which we can do
nothing about.

It could mean that No matter what you do to better yourself,
it could all be for nothing.

Thank you. :)
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
ML, thanks so much for this careful reading of the piece. I have to refrain from saying, "Yeah, you got it" because even to me the piece remains somewhat open. But - yeah, everything you got is there. I really appreciate this comment, and hope it speaks to your friend. :hug:
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TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
It really didn't

but that means I attract good peers.
They are free thinkers, respect me enough
to disagree and show me things I could not have arrived at in my own head alone.

Turns out I read art the way a child puts on his
father's shoes.
Clumby and curious but wanting to "get there"
through being there -
my heart is the intake valve.
This taints my view whereas my friend has a crisp
clarity I'll never stop marveling at -
his air filter is his intake.

Glad it was your piece and a few others that were
the ones to bring about powerful learning curves
for the boths of us.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's very generous and I appreciate it a lot.

I'll just add - for me, any way of slowing down and taking time with a piece of art, whether from the heart or head or anywhere else, is a good thing. Engagement, beyond the fast, "I like it" or "I don't like it." Though I'm not discounting those, they're the way in - and maybe what we come back to later.
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TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
SO deep. I LOVE when this happens :love:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
:aww:
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goatheadcorp Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
this artwork has been featured here : [link]

hope you dont mind :)
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
"Who Let The Features Out? Who? Who? Who? Whoooooooo?" (Sing it to the tune of "Who Let The Dogs Out?") Hahaha. Congratulations, YOU made it in my 43rd Journal Feature in here: [link] :clap:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
:D What a pleasant surprise - thank you!
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
No problem! :D

BTW, if you have the time, I hope you'll fave some from my gallery if you'll like any. Thanks a lot and sorry for bothering. :)

Have a Happy Blessed New Year! :hug:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
I'm happy to take a look when I have a little time. :)

A happy and blessed new year to you too!
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Weeeeee. Thanks! :)
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artairk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
an exploded view of over-exposure, conveys to me a feeling of loss, and the text relates that feeling to life, and to _ove. I really admire the way your able to create feelings in these collages you do.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks for the good read of the piece and the high praise - it's encouraging and really appreciated.
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
... these 36 mm films alway create a nostalgic feeling with me :cry:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
...old film gives such a sense of something captured and something that has passed away, at the same time... very nostalgic, even apart from the fact of taking digital photos now, which adds to it. I found these strips in an old box of pictures - we haven't shot on film in quite a few years - and they immediately said "use me in a collage."
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privatedanser Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
it reminded me of Beirut during the war.
this one has a photographic feeling in it.

and i like the "but life" in the end. i always say that.. (or at least think)

:heart:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
that's a very powerful association. thank you, dear.
"but life" indeed - the very powerful "but"
and "[l]ove" too. just waiting for one more letter.

:heart:
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ATCfanatics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Hey tink, I keep missing your ATCs when I do a daily search. Are you putting "ATC" or "aceo" in the tags / keywords?
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
:ashamed:

I've been forgetting! Distracted by some stuff going on here (not personal stuff, just distracting). I've been finishing the pieces and posting them without really thinking.

I will edit the tags where I forgot and include it from now on, thanks for reminding me.

:salute:
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
The film strip looks like a bombed building. The brilliant sky behind is reassuring, yet inviting in a passionate way (definitely not temperate, perhaps suicide-bomber-approving God-like?). The words can be read in a number of ways, some of them disturbing. This seems to be more literal than much of your other work yet at the same time, it's more conceptual (at least what I call "conceptual" and remember who you're talking to here!). It's always interesting to watch you.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the great reading of the piece and great comment, weeds. I didn't see the sky part that way, but you're right that it could in there. And you picked up on the literal/conceptual nature of this one, quite exactly. I could read this one to you like a book - but my reading is not "the" reading. This is the third version of the card - each of the previous ones failed visually or had an assembly glitch, but had something I wanted - so I kept taking it apart and putting it back together - finally it seemed right.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
I can see the precision and know from experience it is not some sleight-of-hand that makes it happen. Just plain hard work (and plenty of repositioning. To me, maybe because of where I live, the piece puts me in a Twin Towers nosedive. Very strong stuff.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
I get that - and thanks very much. I'm more and more pleased that I took my time with this one - the previous versions were so close, but not there.
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nodah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
old man you be coming better with time
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
:lol: never too late to learn!
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fredfree Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
i hope nobody was hurt during the making of this!!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
it's okay, i'm a trained collage profe... no, wait a minute, i'm not... i'm not trained at all. so let me see, is everyone all right? yup, yup... you're okay too? all right then, no one was hurt (we'll fix that up in a minute, i'm trying to talk to mr. free here, just keep pressure on it) but, uh, don't try this at home!
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fredfree Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
lolol!

btw - got yours and kat's book yesterday!
great job! nice to see the images in that format and in person. :}
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Traditional Artist
:D thank you, fred! much appreciated.
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Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
:clap: :love:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
:aww:
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Impurfect-Purfection Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Aaah I don't know what it is about your collages, but I love them! I wish I had the patience to do collages. In my whole life, I only remember doing one collage, and I have no idea where it disappeared lol Twas A2 size; don't get how somethin so big could disappear. Then again you could easily hide an elephant in our appartment ;p

would you mind if I printed some of your collages and somehow made an entire wall of collages in my future room? (we're moving out in a week)
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks from the kind words! You're right about patience - some of my friends can do pieces very quickly, but it almost always takes me a while. I usually have several in various states from just-started to nearly done - helps with the frustration level.

Funny how things get lost :lol:

I wouldn't mind at at all if you printed some of my collages, I'm flattered. Please help yourself! :D
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Impurfect-Purfection Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
that's the thing- I find it very difficult to do this. I always work on one piece at a time, except with my college projects =/ even then I find it very frustrating to work on several projects at the same time.

Thanks a bunch, and I'll definitely take a picture of the wall when it's done :D
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh, you're welcome, and thank you - it will be fun to see that picture :D
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farhadb Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
light, the essence of photography!|this is great richard!! :thumbsup:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
aw, thanks, farhad! i had a feeling when i put this one together but i wasn't sure it worked - really appreciate that response!
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