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Brant Ritter

Brant Ritter

Born in St Louis, MO.

Raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Brant Ritter studied architecture at Lehigh University before receiving his MFA from The University of Pennsylvania.

His art career began in earnest after moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2001. It was while working at several of Los Angeles’ most prestigious art galleries that he met and assisted such contemporary luminaries as Carl Andre, James Turrell and Mark DiSuvero.

In 2006, Brant left the contemporary gallery scene to start his design company. He continues to explore the themes of material, form, and space both through his art making as well as through his built environments and contemporary furniture.

Statement & CV

Statement

"It is my hope that while my work may, initially appear basic in format; the viewer is obliged to engage the work in a different kind of dialogue than an art that depends upon extensive internal/pictorial relationships.

I am interested in explore external relationships, particularly those connections that are governed by the forces and elements of the physical world.

My art making process revolves around an ongoing exploration of the physical phenomena that comprise our known universe. Fundamental elements of the universe, such as light, gravity, and electromagnetism interact and affect all matter.

Architectural considerations such as size, scale, shape, line, edge, light, transparency & opacity and texture as well as material begin to define the formal concerns within the work.

I take a systematic approach to making my work. Carefully considering the materials to use, the format as well as the fabrication. Each step is thoroughly though out prior to execution. I strive to minimize unnecessary movements in the making of my work. This approach allows the work to be clear and structured within a given system of thoughts and ideas. 

Working within a convergence of art, architecture and sculpture the potential for intellectual exploration as well as the arising of new forms and art practices excite me"

EDUCATION

M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1998

Post-Graduate Studies, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA 1996 -The artist visited Los Angeles for the first time while completing post-graduate studies at Otis College of Art and Design

BA, Architecture, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 1995 - Bachelor of Arts, Major: Architecture, Minor: Fine Arts

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2013, Design Miami, Art Basel Miami, Miami FL - Furniture design was highlighted in collector suite

2009, Platonic Friends, UC Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2007, New Work, CABoom Design Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2007, Untitled, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Group exhibition curated by Heather Cantrell

2006, Synthetic, Sabrina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles solo exhibition debut

2005, Gallery Group Show, Tierney Space, Philadelphia, PA

2004, Elements, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003, The Unamable Series, Venice Artwalk, Venice, CA

1999, Ar(t)chitecture, Hillier Gallery, Princeton, NJ

1998, PennArt II, KPF Gallery, New York, NY

1997, 11 PM Exhibition, Meyerson Gallery Philadelphia, PA - Patrick T. Murphy, then Director of the ICA in Philadelphia, curated this exhibition 

 

COLLECTIONS

The Capital Group

Maddocks Brown Foundation

Hitoshi Nakazzato

University of Pennsylvania

Tim and Jean Weiss

Kip Pardue

PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS

"Ghost Beacon", Brant Ritter - Jan. 2017

"Three Hospitality Designers Who Excel by Listening to the Food", Ken Schulman -Metropolis, Sep. 2013

"Design Seen: September 2013", Samantha Brooks - The Robb Report, Sep. 2013

"Thoreen & Ritter's skylight and Chinese lantern installations", Craig Nagano - Los Angeles times, Nov. 2013

"Spy High", Roberta Fallon -Philadelphia Weekly, Oct. 2004

"Art shines on Penn's Campus", Mangravite, Andrew - Philadelphia Forum, Dec. 1996

eyelevel, Lehigh University, PA - Started by a small group of art and architecture students, including the artist, eyelevel was a critical journal of the visual arts, concerned with investigating the design process. (re)Production was the artist's essay exploring the structure and process that was dominating his work at the time. 

AWARDS

1998 - Charles Addams Prize, University of Pennsylvania, PA 

This annual award is given to two students who have shown to follow in the excellence set forth by Charles Addams, creator of the Addams Family and University of Pennsylvania alumna. This award is the highest honor that matriculating graduate students in fine arts can obtain. 

1997 - Grumear Award, University of Pennsylvania, PA

The artist was awarded this grant for exhibiting excellence in the utilization and exploration of color. 

1991-1995 - Hoover Scholarship, Lehigh University, PA

 

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness (shift), Blue + Red

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DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Pink + Violet

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DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness (shift), Blue + Red gradient

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness (vertical), Green + Orange

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness (vertical), Shimmer

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | irredescent powder on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness (vertical), Violet

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Blue + Blue

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Green + Coral

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Green + Green

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DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Green + Yellow

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Pink + Pink

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Accidental Happiness, Purple + Purple

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 This ongoing series of work is a direct result of the detritus from my furniture making process. Leftover samples are reconfigured to create...

Brant Ritter

Blue Floor Study

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2005 These drawings are simple color and form studies of pieces that have been, or were conceived to be built out of colored plexiglas....

Brant Ritter

Green Aero Study

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2005 These drawings are simple color and form studies of pieces that have been, or were conceived to be built out of colored plexiglas....

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. 1

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | charcoal on paper | 2005 The slide series allows me to actively participate in the process of drawing. There are no constraints, no need to mask off with tape,...

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. 11

$ 850.00

FRAMED DIMENSIONS 26.25" x 34.25" x 1.25"

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. 13

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 The slide series allows me to actively participate in the process of drawing. There are no constraints, no need to mask off with...

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. 14

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2017 The slide series allows me to actively participate in the process of drawing. There are no constraints, no need to mask off with...

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. 7

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2005 The slide series allows me to actively participate in the process of drawing. There are no constraints, no need to mask off with...

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. B

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DESCRIPTION 22x30" | charcoal on paper | 2005 The slide series allows me to actively participate in the process of drawing. There are no constraints, no need to mask off with tape,...

Brant Ritter

Slide, No. C

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | charcoal on paper | 2005 The slide series allows me to actively participate in the process of drawing. There are no constraints, no need to mask off with tape,...

Brant Ritter

Wedge, No. 1

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2006 These drawings are simple color and form studies of pieces that have been, or were conceived to be built out of colored plexiglas....

Brant Ritter

Wedge, No. 4

$ 850.00

DESCRIPTION 22x30" | pastel on paper | 2006 These drawings are simple color and form studies of pieces that have been, or were conceived to be built out of colored plexiglas....

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