Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity

Media: Various metals

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website or Instagram: none

Andre Ritter is a graduate from Cal State Long Beach. He just recently graduated from the Metals Program at CSULB last spring. He mainly works with various types of metals when creating his art. The reason for why Andre’s other interests include; reading comics, playing volleyball and watching good TV shows like the Walking Dead. An interesting fact about Andre is that he lived in Hawaii for seven years. Some of his inspiration for his art comes from that experience.

Although his art pieces do not seem to have a joined idea behind them they still are beautiful pieces of art. The two photos I have provided above are examples of his pieces. One is a chandelier and the other is a holder with colorful feathers. Both were created with metal. Andre works with aluminum a lot because it is one of the easier metals to work with. When Andre does his work he focuses on being able to make details with the metal. You can see this in both the pieces above. Especially in the chandelier, the viewer can see that in each of the panels there are intricate metal designs. A lot of his work is in the color brown and has a rustic quality to them. Andre uses a lot of sharp lines in his work.

The lantern is my favorite of Ritter’s piece. The piece was inspired by his time in Hawaii. It has a very jungle like feels. It has a lot of sharp edges and embodies the rustic design I was talking about earlier. The artist said he wanted the piece to fit into the setting of being in the jungle at night, I think it does this perfectly. The light given from within the lantern shines through the design perfectly to give it this night aura.

After viewing Ritter’s artwork it made me want to travel and go to Hawaii. His inspiration from there definitely shows through his art. There is a very large sense of exotic travel that is shown in his art. I hope to see more of Ritter’s artwork in the future. He is a very talented artists and I enjoyed viewing his work.

 

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