Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity
Media: Metal, Steel, Aluminum,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East and West
Website: N/A

Andre Ritter graduated from CSULB last spring with a BFA in Metals. His hobbies include comic books, volleyball, The Walking Dead, and visiting art galleries to get inspiration. He has two sons, at ages 10 and 8, and is helping set up an art program  at their school. He hopes to turn a STEM school into a STEAM school and is looking forward to create new art students. He is planning on having 2 studios within the school, one for 2-dimensional art and the other for 3-dimensional art.

Being a Metals major, Ritter usually works with various types of metals for his artwork. His lantern piece was made out of aluminum, which was very easy to work with. The straight lines on the side of the lantern were actually cut by a water jet instead of a laser for a crisper finish. Most of his metal designs are usually geometric shapes like circles and squares but he also incorporates organic shapes like swirls.  He said that the hardest metal that he’s ever worked with was steel.

His inspirations come from nature, motion, and other people’s art galleries. He is also fond of all things exotic, such as tiki designs. He dislikes open space and wants them to be fill every room. Out of all media, he chose to work with metals because he likes the permanence that his art can have and how it can be enjoyed for the many years to come.

I really enjoyed looking at Ritter’s artwork. I haven’t seen an artist whose arts are dedicated to just metals. It was really refreshing to see the different types of metals being formed into something totally new.

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