Visual artist and lo-fi space rock alchemist Erik Ritter has been creating one of kind pop genre collaborations for the last 20 years. As a visual artist, he has exhibited during Art Basel week in Miami, Scope International in New York, and most recently at the Diego Rivera Gallery in San Francisco. Performing under the pseudonym P Skunk, he has released a multitude of albums ranging from “widely adventurous to stunningly tedious” music that enjoys a recent resurgence across steaming platforms. Perhaps the world finally caught up, or there’s just a ghost in the machine. Regardless, you’re sure to be challenged by his edutainment, music, art, and pop culture manifesto montages whenever confronted. His latest incantation “Into the Multiverse” is a blend of art and live performance that connects fine art visuals and Phillip K Dick beat lyrics that continually try to snag the ever elusive NEW ART FORM.
Art statement: I have been working in found object reclaimed assemblage art for over 20 years. My work is concerned with alchemy, frequency, vibration and energy. I feel the process of creating art is a metaphor displaying our interaction with our environment. Sometimes the pieces resemble an aerial view of a city. I don’t think this is a coincidence. All the things that are required of a society and its inhabitants to coexist are put together in an intuitive way: an electric pole here, fence post there, telephone wire over the house. And most of this infrastructure creates a grid-overlap type pattern. We are surrounded by an infinite number of overlapping rectangles: the room you’re in, the house, the window to the street, the block, and so on. My instinctive process of aesthetic organization relates to the collective evolution of a city. As the years pass, the network of objects that are collected become more intricate. The same goes for the art. The longer I work, the more harmonious and intricate the patterns become. Somewhere inside every toothbrush is the memory of you brushing your teeth, the way you brush your teeth, and the way you hold your toothbrush. You might see MY toothbrush in the work, but in a way it becomes the YOUR toothbrush. No matter what I try to communicate about something, I don’t think I can compete with that sponge-like quality of objects. So I don’t try to, I just put stuff together and let it speak for itself.