New York

Matthew Ritchie

Basilico Fine Arts

With protagonists named Azazel, Penemue, and Mulciber locked in explosive battles against unseen forces and assuming, after death, other forms in new places, Matthew Ritchie’s paintings and drawings combine the visionary violence of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience with the high-action antics of a Power Rangers video. Entitled “The Hard Way,” this exhibition of seven paintings also included glossaries, character outlines, and a chart. How else to remember the names of the seven characters that Ritchie calls “watchers” and seven planets that the British-born, New York–based artist limned only to eliminate in his intricately conceived cosmos?

Ritchie’s paintings or, more accurately, wall pieces, appeared on first glance to be fantastic mappings, along the lines of Swedish artist Öyvind Fahlström’s geographic models and games of the ’60s. Some were oil on canvas, others patched

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