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Ryota Matsumoto

Posted on April 06 2016

Ryota Matsumoto is a japanese artist, designer and urban planner based in Tokyo. After studying at School of Art in Glasgow, and at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture

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Ryota Matsumoto is an artist, designer and urban planner based in Tokyo. He earned his Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after studying at the Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in the early 90s.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions in the art and design fields, and his work has been published and exhibited worldwide.

Matsumoto's work explores hybrid drawing techniques combining both architectural and visual art languages through the use of both digital and traditional media. The interplay between structure and space plays an important role in his work as his artistic vision is profoundly influenced and informed by architecture and the built environment. They are created to act as the catalyst for defining speculative changes of ever-evolving urban and ecological environments that mirror today’s increasingly complex and diverse society.
Essentially, the work facilitates a reciprocal dialogue among those multifaceted realms in the morphological nature of constantly shifting topography and geology.
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L.A.: Hello Ryota, can you tell us how your background studies in
architecture has influeced your artwork?
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Ryota Matsumoto: As far as the methodology and creative process are
concerned, I usually started out with hand-drawn drafts and refined them
through CAD and 3D modeling software for establishing the initial direction. It is
most likely much closer to the approach that architects and graphic designers
usually adopt as their workflows. In terms of the concept, I am always
conscious of the relationship between structure and space. It allows me to
delineate clearly what is solid and void, what is open and what is enclosed in
my work. These are two pivotal elements of architecture that permeate across
the most of artworks.
To this date, I still work on architectural and urban design projects from time to
time. Those experiences continue to be the source of great inspiration for my
art-related projects.
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L.A.: What do you hope people see, feel or understand when they look at
your images?
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Ryota Matsumoto: The themes of my work revolve around the spatio-temporal
conditions of our ever-evolving urban and ecological environments, which could
be attributed to various modes or multitudes of spatial practices constructed by
different societies. The whole nature of cities can be characterized by
dichotomy and contrapuntal relationship among organic and inorganic,
structural and amorphous as well as microscopic objects and large structures.
These seemingly polar opposite elements could integrate with each other and
morph into totally new structures of the spatial and temporal variations that are
very much evident in today’s desolate and shattered urban landscapes.
Furthermore, the paradox, contradiction and distortion, which lie within an
alternate perception towards space and time, have also been a constant
subject of interest. In short, most of my work is meant to bridge the gap
between architecture and art, two cultural realms, which reflect on
contemporary society and to transcend or merge the bounds of them as my
own artistic expression.
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L.A.: Can you discuss your process for making these images or your
creative process more generally?
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Ryota Matsumoto: To begin with, I construct base 2D/3D images digitally and
then add layers of traditional medias such as acrylic, ink and graphite as well as
scanned images of found objects over them. Then they are further processed
and manipulated through algorithmic, stochastic and logic operations by various
image processing software with plugins. The technique allows me to instill a
warm human touch and painterly, organic feels to otherwise cold and detached
precision of digital drawings. I tend to perceive my work as mixed media or
digital hybrid art and stay open-minded, when it comes to the process of fusing
different media and genres into my artistic expression. The work, which started
out as a painting, could morph into a sculpture, installation or interactive art.
The possibility is endless and I believe the work of art takes on a life of its own
at the very moment of completion.
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L.A.: Can you take one of your works from those presents at LoosenArt
Gallery and express a personal comment about meanings or concepts?
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Ryota Matsumoto: I think “Those Who Affirm the Spontaneity of Every Event”
both demonstrates and encompasses what I’ve explored as an artist over the
course of last two years. It particularly focuses on the interaction between
two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms and the ambiguity that is created
among them. This often involves the interplay, juxtaposition and contradiction of
objects at varying scales and depths that co-exist within the non-Euclidean
morphological configuration of space-time continuum for viewers to discover
the new realm of spatial experience and aesthetics.
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L.A.: Any future project?
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Ryota Matsumoto: I’ve been working with an engineer for the installation
project which is based on my past work. Then there will be group exhibitions
and a workshop that I will participate this year.
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