WK5- Artist Conversation- Andre Ritter

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Artist: Andre Ritter

Exhibition: FUSE: Join to Form: Single Entity

Media: Aluminum and Metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: N/A

About the Artist: Andre graduated from Cal. State Long Beach last spring in 2015, and describes his experience in Long Beach as memorable. He had a amazing time in Long Beach and it is a experience he will remember for the rest of his life. He gets his inspiration from nature, art, and comic books. On his free time, Andre loves to be active and play volley ball with his friends. He sees himself in the next five years working as a elementary teacher in the art program. Andre has two kids that are ten and eight years old. Most of his art is designed to remind individuals of islands and the tropics. He also exclusively works with big materials to make his art.

Formal Analysis: This piece by Andre is a lamp hanging from the ceiling. From glancing at the art, you can tell that it is made out of some type of metal. It is also made in symmetry, meaning that the shape is exactly aligned on all the sides. The shape that the piece forms is a triangle. Lines seem to be a theme in this art because the panels on each side are formed by lines. Although, the shape that the panels follow differ between the rows. There seems to be one color that dominates the entire piece which is dark brown. The light from within the lamp makes it seem animate, rather than bland or boring.

Content Analysis: This lamp is designed to remind individuals of the tropical islands. Andre said that he wanted his audience to be reminded of the islands and he created that imagery in his art. He wants us to realize the different culture found within those islands; to recognize that they exist. It also seems he wants us to visual their life styles as harmonious and peaceful. When staring at the sculpture, you can realize the peaceful tone created by the piece. This is probably what Andre wanted us to see withing the sculpture and about the tropical islands.

Synthesis/ My experience: What I learned from this experience is that you can described a locations theme within art. Andre helped me realize this concept because of his art that he created. When I look at this piece, I feel as though I’m really at a tropical island. I can feel the breeze from the air and smell the ocean. This piece also brings me into a state of happiness, as if nothing can go wrong. Andre did a perfect job is describing the islands theme into his art.



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