Artist: Andre Ritter
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
From this weeks artist conversation I chose to speak to Andre Ritter. I chose to speak with Andre because he has very intriguing lamps that really caught my attention. Andre Ritter graduated from the Metals Program in the CSULB School of Art last spring and is now showcasing his art as an alumni. Andre has a lot of hobbies and interests which include reading comic books, watching The Walking Dead and occasionally playing sports with his friends. He tends to get inspiration from the South Pacific, which explains a lot since he lived in Hawaii for about seven to eight years. He has two sons and is currently working on creating an art program at their school.
The chandelier in the photo shows great detail when it comes to the use of aluminum. He loves to use aluminum because he loves the permanence of the aluminum. He uses the aluminum to create very sharp, and straight edges. He said that he did not paint the chandelier, he said that the reason behind the color of the chandelier being a gray color was due to the aluminum he used to create this piece. Andre said that the designs he used on the chandelier were quite random since he did not know what pattern he wanted to use when making the piece. He says aluminum is the easiest to work with but also has worked with steal that was the hardest because he had to use fire to work with it. Although metal is a hard and can be a sharp metal, his pieces do not reflect anything sharp although there are some sharp pieces on the chandelier.
His art is a reflection upon things he likes. Andre tends to do bigger scale projects. His interest in the culture in south pacific reflects upon his work, especially the head piece with the feathers. For this piece, Ritter was inspired by tropical and exotic places. He also wanted to make the chandelier appear abstract and mysterious. The color in his chandelier show a really calm yet peaceful feeling, which is what he was going for. While talking to Andre, he stated that the chandelier reminds him of a dark and stormy evening. He also said that he uses like tropical antiques and it does reflect upon that idea.
In my opinion, Andre’s art reminds me of a rustic yet homely feeling which is what I like best from his work. I would enjoy having this piece in my own home if I were to own this. What I also liked from this art piece is that it is the first piece I see that deals with metal, especially aluminum. Although he does say that this piece resembles his experience from Hawaii, in my opinion since there are many dark colors it may seem as if it were from a different place.