Artist: Andre Ritter
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Energy
Media: Aluminum, Steel, Metal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery
Website: Artist does not have a website
Instagram: Artist does not have an instagram
This week I had the pleasure in meeting Andre Ritter. Andre is a graduate student and took part in the BFA Metals Program. He was always interested in jewelry since he was young and often would break up the pieces and make his own jewelry out of the parts he collected. This is when he realized he was into making things with metals. It wasn’t till four years ago when he began to get serious about it. His work in the gallery is influenced by exotic islands.
Andre’s work immediately caught my eye because it was so cool how things like what he made are usually done by machine but for him it was all manmade. For his media he used metals and aluminum. His art is also 3D. While two out of the three have straight lines and pointy edges, the third one is more rounded as well as the metals on it being round. Also the one that appears to be some sort of headpiece is colorful and stands put compare to the others being neutral warm browns.
When Andre was explaining his artwork, he explained that his inspiration was mysterious islands and exploring tiki abstract locations. I did not really understand what he meant by this until I put some more thought into it. He explained that he lived in Hawaii and that was a big part of his life. This was probably home to him and creating pieces that remind him of home give a lot of meaning to his work. He also explained that the reason he wanted to work with metals is because they are more sturdy and permanent and last way longer than paintings.
I think it’s super cool that Andre is able to work well with metals. I remember as a kid I had braceletes and necklaces that would just break if a chain fell off and I wanted nothing more than to be able to fix them myself. What Andre does is far better than fixing jewlry. He creates art. Also the comment he said about metal lasting longer than paintings makes a lot of sense to me because canvasas and paper and so hard topreserve and take care of from my personal experience. Some day I would really like to experience with metals.