Coated assembly foam, 140 x 270 x 50 cm
The "acrobat" in the park of the academy shows connections, networks and structures in metallic shimmering blue and grey. They are reminiscent of cells, muscles and blood vessels, in short of what underlies all the becoming of life.
Many of Richoff's more recent works (Richard Hoffmann, *1930 in Lebach, Germany) consist of montage foam, which he works with a scalpel and knife. Carefully coordinated colours give the sculptures their final, perhaps not always pleasing, but certainly special touch. "My aim is to capture nature in its basic structure, in the cell area, in its dynamic unfolding power, in its vehement break-up. The cell is the carrier of my pictorial intentions. (...) I add more truth to the externally perceptible reality by naming the system that is the basis of everything that nature produces," says Richoff about the motivation that led him to establish cell tectonic painting. He coined this term - cell tectonic painting - himself. He sees the cell as the basic element of our existence, which is peculiar to all beings and which, individually or in combination, makes the mystery of life possible.
Art in public space is often associated with Richoff's name in various places in the Saarland. Between 1963 and 1983 he produced numerous sculptures in bronze and cast stone, which can still be seen in various places in Saarland today. After 1983, he again focused on painting, with a particular fascination for nature and animals. From 1987 he turned to cell tectonic art. Between 1969 and 1989 he also worked as an art educator. He lives and works in Lebach.