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Architect Benjamin ArandaMatthew Ritchie

October 2, 2008

Architect Benjamin Aranda describes the intricacies of Matthew Ritchie’s sprawling, biomorphic, hybrid structure, The Morning Line. “One way to understand the project, is that it’s basically just a set of arches,” Aranda explains. “Where it gets a little looser, is when we grow these smaller units off the primary structure…That’s where it gets more interesting. It adds a kind of filigree, in a way, to the reading of this arch.”

The project was conceived by Ritchie as a collaborative platform investigating the relationships and reciprocity of art, architecture, cosmology and music. The Morning Line exists as a three dimensional drawing in space, in which a series of lines and fractals form a network of intertwining figures and narratives. The work is outfitted with a series of speakers and controls, transforming the piece into an innovative sound environment through which various composers and sound artists can play their music.

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Producer: Eve Moros Ortega and Nick Ravich. Camera: Joel Shapiro. Sound: Judy Karp. Editor: Jenny Chiruco. Artwork Courtesy: Matthew Ritchie and Aranda/Lasch. Thanks: Benjamin Aranda.

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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.


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Engineering “The Morning Line”

Architect Benjamin Aranda, of Aranda/Lasch, discusses his contribution to artist Matthew Ritchie’s anti-pavillion project The Morning Line (2008), produced in collaboration with engineer-architect Daniel Bosia & Arup AGU, and physicists Paul J. Steinhardt and Neil Turok.

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