Week 5-Artist Conversation-Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter

Exhibition: Fuse

Media: Aluminum

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

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Andre Ritter graduated from the Metals Program in the CSULB School of Art last spring and is showcasing his work as an alumni. His interests include reading comic books, watching the TV series The Walking Dead, and playing volleyball at the beach. Andre loves anything tiki related and gets a lot of inspiration from the South Pacific regions. This stems from him previously living in Hawaii for seven years. Also, he has an eight and a ten year old son and is currently working on creating an art program at their school.

The chandelier in the picture below is an incredible work of art created by Ritter. He made use of aluminum throughout the entire piece, because he loves the durability of  the metal. The piece also consists of sharp, straight, and clean cut lines that make geometric designs evident. The smooth looking texture and grey color is due to the aluminum used. Ritter also describes the scale of the piece as large.

For this piece, Ritter was inspired by tropical and exotic places. He also wanted to make the chandelier appear abstract and mysterious. While talking to Andre, he stated that the chandelier reminds him of a dark and stormy evening. His love for Hawaii, and other South Pacific regions, greatly reflects the inspiration behind his work.

In my opinion, Andre’s art gives out a simple yet homely feel. His embodiment of tropical Hawaiian detail that makes the piece of art more personal because he lived in Hawaii. I think the chandelier is both practical and functional in the way that it could be placed in almost any home as decoration. Although it could be used in a home, the practicality of the art doesn’t make it any less unique, because the designs are so different they cannot really be copied.

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