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Matthew Ritchie in "Structures"

“All anyone is trying to do is try out some new ideas,” says Matthew Ritchie in describing the project of modern art. Ambitious certainly describes Ritchie’s work, which seeks to picture the known universe.

In The Universal Cell, Ritchie uses computers and metal cutting equipment to transform drawings into sculpture. “If the universe is a prison, this is your cell…and you drag it with you everywhere you go.”

In another show, Proposition Player, Ritchie creates a series of games to explore the continuum of risk, possibility, and universal connection. Ritchie reflects on how humans filter out information in order to go about their lives. “Can we turn the volume up just a little bit more?” he asks.

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Matthew Ritchie

Matthew Ritchie’s artistic mission has been no less ambitious than an attempt to represent the entire universe and the structures of knowledge and belief that we use to understand and visualize it. The artist’s paintings, installations, and narrative threads delineate the universe’s formation as well as the attempts and limits of human consciousness to comprehend its vastness. Although often described as a painter, Ritchie creates works on paper, prints, light-box drawings, floor-to-wall installations, freestanding sculpture, websites, and short stories, which tie his sprawling works together into a narrative structure.

“All anyone is trying to do is try out some new ideas.”

Matthew Ritchie

Matthew Ritchie discusses his work’s relation to scientific processes, as well as the participatory nature of his 2003 project Proposition Player.

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