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"The Morning Line"Matthew Ritchie

September 4, 2008

“In the last couple of years, I’ve been exploring the idea of how to move drawing into the environment,” Matthew Ritchie explains before describing the inspiration for his hybrid sculpture, The Morning Line.

The project was conceived 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, where 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 installation 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: Mary Ann Toman. 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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Drawing, Architecture, and the “Spectrum of Experience”

Matthew Ritchie discusses his 2008 exhibition The Morning Line in his New York studio. The Morning Line was be on view October 2, 2008 – January 11, 2009 at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain, as part of the 3rd Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Seville.


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