Matthew Ritchie, Painter/Installation Artist

Mon. 13 April, 5:30pm
B1 Meyerson

Matthew Ritchie, Apr 13, 2009

Matthew Ritchie's installations of painting, wall drawings, light boxes, sculpture, and projections are investigations of the idea of information; explored through science, architecture, history and the dynamics of culture, defined equally by their range and their lyrical visual language.

In 2001, Time magazine listed Ritchie as one of 100 innovators for the new millennium, for exploring "the unthinkable or the not-yet-thought." More omnivorous than omnipotent, encompassing everything from cutting-edge physics, ancient myth, neo-noir short stories and medieval alchemy to climate change, contemporary politics and economic theory, his installations fuse unique narrative forms with our constantly changing factual understanding of our universe. Typically, for his exhibition "We Want To See Some Light" at Portikus, Frankfurt, in 2005, he collaborated with a visual neurologist, an architect, a group of students and a philosopher to examine the physical limits of generated knowledge.

His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Bienal and the Sydney Biennial. Solo shows include the Dallas Museum of Art; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Portikus, Frankfurt and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and numerous other institutions worldwide; including a permanent large-scale installation at MIT. Major installations will be on show in 2007 in ‘Radar', the inaugural exhibition of the Denver Art Museum, the St Louis Art Museum and and at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. A major permanent installation; designed in conversation with Pritzker prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, opened in December 2006 in a new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.

Recently Ritchie has been collaborating with New York based architects Aranda Lasch and Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary on the Morning Line; a project for London for 2008. It will contain an interactive performance space designed by the artist that explores the concept of a visual operating language for the universe, based on the ‘epikyrotic' theory of Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok.