Reclaimed objects alchemized into art.
"A good idea done poorly, is better than a bad idea done well."
My work is about an "Alchemist Pursuit."
As a product of America’s plastic, throwaway culture, it’s prophetic that I make art out of the stuff people don’t want – junk they no longer need, but don’t quite throw away. My alchemist pursuit is a metaphor to how we interact with the earth. Sometimes the residue is called art, I call it DeJunked.
Somewhere inside every toothbrush is the memory of you brushing your teeth, the way you brush your teeth, and the way you hold your toothbrush. You might see MY toothbrush in the work, but in a way it becomes YOUR toothbrush. No matter what I try to communicate about something, I don’t think I can compete with that sponge-like quality of objects. So I don’t try to; I just put stuff together and let it speak for itself.
Erik Ritter earned a BFA from South Dakota State University before earning an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. Ritter has exhibited his work extensively, including Contemporary Gallery 33 in Chicago, and the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, SD. The South Dakota Art Museum recently purchased Ritter's assemblage work "Bird of Time" for their permanent collection. He is currently represented by Gallery 13 in Minneapolis, MN.