Tomorrow is Eager, the anomalies of phenomena
May 30 – June 27, 2009
Works by Chris Ritson
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 30, 5 to 8pm
sidewalk BBQ—LIVE MUSIC—BYO food + drink + cups
San Francisco, CA— Looking at transformative processes in nature and the ways we come to understand them, Chris Ritson’s work adopts media that belong, more traditionally, to the world of science than art. Highlighting society’s prerogatives in “understanding” nature, he orchestrates intricate yet discrete environments, creating temporal narratives. As the relationships between the materials unfold, be they living or chemical, the necessary constructions by which we view and quantify nature become akin to alchemical secrecy or mystic divinations-- the products of grade school science become a language of the divine.
Manifested as object, Ritson’s pieces are scientific specimens, cataloged during the peak of their lives, like a captured butterfly—contained, destroyed and often pinned under glass for future analysis and preservation. In reality, the artist’s works—constructed from the detritus of the city, forest or beach—crumble, die and fade away. His other works depict the body through discarded media by reconfiguring magazines, photos and advertisements into monstrous perversions of human form.
Tomorrow is Eager, the anomalies of phenomena is an examination of the fragmentation of self through the directions of media, placed in the context of a shared symbolic memory of a natural, original state. The show chronicles the imperialist ideology and the capitalistic function implied in the ontology of design, and strives to address the subsequent exploitations of life assumed marginal from the ruling order.