The artworks of Ryota Matsumoto reflect the spatio-temporal conditions of our ever-evolving urban and ecological environments, which could be attributed to a multitude of spatial practices constructed by different socio-cultural entities. They are created as a series of visual commentaries on speculative changes in notions of cities, socities and cultures in the morphological nature of constantly shifting topography and geology.
The drawings explore the hybrid technique combining both traditional media (ink, acrylic, and graphite) and digital media (algorithmic processing, data transcoding and image compositing with custom software ).
The varying scale, juxtaposition of different forms/patterns, intertwined textures/tones, oblique/anamorphic projections and visual metamorphoses
are employed as the multi-layered drawing methodologies to question and investigate the ubiquitous nature of urban meta-morphology and their visual representation in the context of non-Euclidean configuration. Furthermore, the application of these techniques allow the work to transcend the boundaries between analog and digital media as well as between two- and multi-dimensional domains.
His compositional techniques imbue the drawings with what we see as the very essence of our social and cultural milieus beyond the conventional protocols of architectural and artistic formalities.
And, that they conjure up the synthetic possibilities within which the spatial and temporal variations of existing spatial semiotics emerge as the potential products of alchemical procedures.
Ryota Matsumoto is a principal of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio based in Tokyo. He is widely known as a pioneer of Post-digital Hybrid Art. Born in Tokyo, Ryota was raised in Hong Kong and Japan.
He received Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after studying at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s. His art and design work are featured in numerous publications and exhibitions internationally.
His current interest gravitates around the embodiment of cultural possibilities in art, architecture, and urban topography.