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.

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.

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 a comparative functional relationship between constrained elements. The piece is bound together by a physical conceptual muscle like a machine. A piece is a nexus of constrained phenomena anchored by colour, light and movement. The dynamic nature of constraint is important to me as is physical presence. Expression is also important and the work is not intended to be a dry rendering of relationships and phenonema.

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. 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, depth differentiation and twilight colour perception. Specifically an exploration of the Purkinje Shift, a colour perception anomaly that occurs at dusk.

Current air kinetic work integrates differential movement, depth and space with differential colour illumination using high power LEDs.

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

Andrew Ryder January 2016


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