Andrew Ryder artist statement

Andrew Ryder


colour light kinetic art


My work has evolved from an early interest in the 1960s optical kinetic work of the Zero group in Germany and the South American artists of Group Researche D’arte Visuel in Paris. Artists such as Otto Piene and Heinz Maacke in Germany and Francois Morellet, Julio Le Parc, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Raphael Soto in Paris. They were artists who believed they could communicate without an institutional or political context. They sought absolute values in their work and to extend the visual frontier.

I work with physical and perceptual phenomena intending to communicate directly and intuitively with the viewer. The essential reason to be of each piece is usually a comparative functional relationship between constrained elements. An embedded conceptual muscle almost like a machine. A piece is a nexus of constrained phenomena anchored by a passion for colour, light and movement.

My early work was kinetic beginning with an interest in reflected colour and air movement. Later I incorporated attractive and repulsive magnetism and electric motors. Later I added small electric lights and then solid state electronics with programmable micro controllers.

The reason to be of an individual piece is usually a physical or perceptual investigation of relationships between a combination of the elements. This may be steered by a reference to something human or from the natural world. Mostly it is something intrinsic in the materials of the piece. For example the necessity for some heat dissipating device or the integration of an insulated electrical circuit, or the optimality of balance and weight.

In recent years my work has been concerned with space and depth differentiation and twilight colour perception. Specifically an exploration of the Purkinje Shift, a colour perception anomaly that occurs at dusk. My recent work integrates depth and space with differential illumination using 3 dimensional LED light arrays. It is not intended to be decorative or a dry scientific investigation. It is always anchored in an enthusiasm or passion for strong colour.

I like to think I work upon the visual frontier and with each successive piece I extend that frontier. Once I have a decisive worthwhile concept I need to construct the piece to see what will happen. Each piece is an experiment. In keeping with the roots of my work I like to think what I make is to a degree absolutist and a clear statement of often a simple phenomena. I am not seeking a social context or comment or to illustrate a political posture because I regard that as degenerate and backward. I am seeking with each sucessive piece a clear step forward to extend the frontier of visual passion and experience.

My work is held internationally in many private collections. My studio is in West London.

Andrew Ryder updated Christmas 2017

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