Matthew Ritchie’s installations of painting, wall drawings, light boxes, sculpture, and projections are investigations of the idea of information; explored through science, architecture, history and the dynamics of culture, defined equally by their range and their lyrical visual language. In 2001, Time magazine listed Ritchie as one of 100 innovators for the new millennium, for exploring “the unthinkable or the not-yet-thought.” More omnivorous than omnipotent, encompassing everything from cutting-edge physics, ancient myth, neo-noir short stories and medieval alchemy to climate change, contemporary politics and economic theory, his installations fuse unique narrative forms with our constantly changing factual understanding of our universe. His most recent exhibitions in New York and London; ‘Universal Adversary’ and ‘Ghost Operator’, incorporated architectural interventions and chance based interactive digital projections to explore an alternate history of time.
His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide including the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Bienal and the Sydney Biennial. Solo shows include the Dallas Museum of Art; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Portikus, Frankfurt and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and numerous other institutions worldwide; including a permanent large-scale installation at MIT. An award winning permanent installation opened in December 2006 in a new Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. In 2009 Ritchie collaborated with Aaron and Bryce Dessner on a performance work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For more information please visit www.matthewritchie.com.
Headshot by Nancy Palmieri.