"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 3 (2005)
“All anyone is trying to do is try out some new ideas,” says Mathew Ritchie in describing the project of modern art. Ambitious certainly describes Ritchie's work, which seeks to picture the known universe. In “The Universal Cell,” Ritchie uses computers and metal cutting equipment to transform drawings into sculpture. “If the universe is a prison, this is your cell...and you drag it with you everywhere you go.” In another show, “Proposition Player,” Ritchie creates a series of games to explore the continuum of risk, possibility, and universal connection. Ritchie reflects on how humans filter out information in order to go about their lives. “Can we turn the volume up just a little bit more?” he asks.