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…D∃C∀D∃NT…

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Opening January 15th
1027 3rd Street

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D∃C∀D∃NT\, an exhib ition of new works by Chris Ritson\, opens at the Basement Gallery on Frida y\,
January 8th. Currated by Anja Ulfeldt\, this marks the fourth show since the galleries inception in

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Decadence commonly refers to char acteristics of overindulgence\, decline or decay\, as associated
with historical epochs\, political systems or character traits. Specifically ref erencing J.K.
Huysmans’ novel Á rebours (Against Nature)\, Chris Ritso n explores the contemporary relevance
of this descriptive marker. Publ ished in 1884\, the French novel is recognized as the most iconic
exam ple of literature associated with the “decadent” movement. It is a novel in which very little
happens\; its narrative concentrates almost entirel y on its principal character\, and is mostly a
catalogue of the tastes and inner life of an eccentric\, reclusive aesthete and antihero.

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For the exhibit\, Chris Ritson will be creating/growing an installation fro m organic refuse and
crystal that appropriates the symbolic imagery fo und in Huysmans’ Against Nature. The
installation will serve as stage sets for video that will be created on site\, relying on both growth
a nd decay of organic crystal sculptures to animate a revisited account of th e decadent narrative.

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Chris Ritson is a multidisciplinary artist\, creating installations\, objects and images as vehicles for
video and documentation work. He uses materials that range from self-replicating anim als and
crystals to images of human bodies in discarded magazines and advertisements. Manifested as
objects\, Chris Ritson’s pieces are like scientific specimens that are cataloged and documented
during the pea k of their lives. Constructed from base materials and the detritus of the c ity\, forest
or beach\, these works are necessarily ephemeral.

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The Basement Gallery was started to facilitate all forms of creative expre ssion\, with primary
emphasis on cutting edge\, authentic works that c oncentrate on expanding the perceived limits of
creativity. Our missio n is to showcase art of all formats based on the merits of its originality and
creative authenticity. We especially seek experiential\, collabora tive\, or site specific works.

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WWW.CHRISRITSON.COM
FOR ADDITIONAN INFORMATION CONTACT ANJA ULFEL DT AT
510 917 2230 BASEME NTGALLERY.MOSAICGLOBE

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