Beyond the Conventional

“…the transient nature of constantly shifting topography and geology.” - the artist

Those Who Affirm the Spontaneity of Every Event, 2015, Mixed Media, 33 in x 47 in, $2600

Those Who Affirm the Spontaneity of Every Event, 2015, Mixed Media, 33 in x 47 in, $2600

Matsumoto’s work reflects the morphological transformations of our ever-evolving urban and ecological milieus, which could be attributed to a multitude of spatio-temporal phenomena influenced by social, economic, and cultural factors. These works are created as visual commentaries on speculative changes in notions of societies, cultures, and ecosystems in the transient nature of constantly shifting topography and geology.

Rapid Gaze Polynomials Embedded in Infinite Variables, 2014, Mixed Media, 25 in x 27 in, $2700

Rapid Gaze Polynomials Embedded in Infinite Variables, 2014, Mixed Media, 25 in x 27 in, $2700

The artworks explore the hybrid technique, combining both traditional (ink, acrylic, and graphite) and digital medias (algorithmic processing, data trans-coding, and image compositing through customized software).

Still from Cities of Inextricable Velocities, 2017,Mixed Media, 31 in x 38 in, $1950

Still from Cities of Inextricable Velocities, 2017,Mixed Media, 31 in x 38 in, $1950

The varying scale, juxtaposition of bio-morphic forms, intertwined textures, oblique projections, and visual metamorphoses are employed as multi-layered drawing methodologies to question and investigate the ubiquitous nature of urban meta-morphology, emerging realities of post-human dystopia, and their visual representation in the context of non-Euclidean configuration. The application of these techniques allows the work to transcend the boundaries between analog and digital media as well as between two- and multi-dimensional domains.

Transient Field in the Air, 2015, Mixed Media, 22 in x 33 in, $2700

Transient Field in the Air, 2015, Mixed Media, 22 in x 33 in, $2700

The process-oriented compositional techniques imbue the work with what we see as the very essence of our socio-cultural environments, beyond the conventional protocols of architectural and artistic formalities; they conjure up the synthetic possibilities within which the spatial and temporal variations of existing spatial semiotics emerge as the potential products of alchemical procedures.

Recursive Topography of Uncertainty, 2018,Mixed Media, 32 in x 26 in, $2100

Recursive Topography of Uncertainty, 2018,Mixed Media, 32 in x 26 in, $2100

About the artist:

Ryota Matsumoto is a co-director of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio. He is an artist, designer and urban planner. Born in Tokyo, he was raised in Hong Kong and Japan. He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s. Matsumoto has previously collaborated with a cofounder of the Metabolist Movement, Kisho Kurokawa, and with Arata Isozaki, Cesar Pelli, MIT Media Lab and Nihon Sekkei Inc. He has taught architecture and interdisciplinary design strategy as a lecturer and visiting critic in the United States, Europe and Japan. His current interest gravitates around the embodiment of cultural possibilities in art, ecology, and urban topography.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.ryotamatsumoto.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ryota.matsumoto.718.


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