The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, August 29, 2016


Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player Opens
Matthew Ritchie, Proposition Player, 2003 (detail). Installation view at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Photo: Cathy Carver.
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player. This is an exhibition of artworks created with an interest in engaging consciousness. While the works contain a seemingly chaotic arrangement of colors and forms, each piece is in fact a deliberate map of the limitless connections that make up the universe's implicit order. The visual and underlying order in Ritchie's work mirrors the chaos and order of the universe.

The density of the work on view is the result of Matthew Ritchie's desire to see everything. "It's a fathomless desire, a weakness and a strength. But to do such a thing, you have to turn information into a physical form." Drawing from varied subjects—ranging from quantum physics to philosophy, from comparative religion to color theory, from game theory to mythology to pulp fiction—Ritchie offers an opportunity for viewers to use his abstract maps and characters to further explore concepts accessible in the public domain.

In an attempt to organize the abundance of information he has gathered, the artist conceived of forty-nine characters organized in a matrix of seven families of seven. These characters reappear in his work, continuously creating new narratives and possibilities and constantly establishing relationships with one another.

A "proposition player" is a person brought in by a casino to encourage play. Ritchie, through this compelling interactive work, becomes a proposition player of sorts, inviting viewers to join him in a game. While explorers may choose to refer to his playing cards, texts and charts to untangle the complex continuum of Ritchie's universe, all viewers can loose themselves in the sheer energy, vibrancy, and depth contained within his work. "In the information casino," states the artist, "everyone can be a player."

As a FWM Artist-in-Residence, Matthew Ritchie worked in collaboration with the FWM to create The God Impersonator, an intricate, colorful floor sculpture that forms one part of the artist's larger, interactive installation and exhibition, Proposition Player. Constructed from custom-colored Johnsonite floor tiles, each interlocking piece was water jet-cut into CAD rendered shapes.

In addition to The God Impersonator, the FWM also presents Ritchie's latest work, Clinamen, a single-channel animation projection that is the prototype for a total animated environment and co-produced by the FWM; The Two-Way Joint, a backlit lenticular print which carries an image that changes when viewed from different vantage points; Proposition Player, an interactive craps game that takes the player through five stages of the evolution of the universe; and a variety of paintings and drawings, including a suite of drawings titled Five of a Kind.






Today's News

April 3, 2005

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León Opens

Indian Brazil - The Arts of the Amerindians of Brazil

"Retracings" Returns to the High Museum of Art

Stunning Drawings from Weimar Museums

Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player Opens

Kunsthalle Wien Presents Some Stories: Women

Textiles for This World and Beyond Opens

I Love My Time, I Don't Like My Time: Recent Work

Renowned Specialist Jennifer Vorbach Returns to Christies

The 2005 DeCordova Annual Exhibition

English Heritage Now Responsible For Listing

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Spanish publisher clones world's most mysterious book: The Voynich Manuscript

2.- Naked Trump leaves NY in giggles until demolished

3.- New research reveals that iceman "Otzi" was potentially a versatile tailor

4.- United States judge sides with artist forced to prove painting is not his

5.- Caravaggio was not a murderer: The response to an article in Burlington Magazine

6.- High-tech imaging reveals rare precolonial Mexican manuscript hidden from view

7.- Smithsonian: Venus-like exoplanet might have Oxygen atmosphere, but not life

8.- Papuan tribe preserves ancient rite of mummification

9.- Kunsthalle Bremen acquires major copperplate engraving by Albrecht Dürer

10.- World's largest William Blake gallery to open in San Francisco

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful