Ryota Matsumoto - Rapid Gaze Polynomials Embedded in Infinite Variables | ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal


November 08, 23


Ryota Matsumoto (松本良多) is an artist, educator, designer, cultural programmer, urban planner, and architect. As a media theorist, he is highly recognized as the renowned pioneer and founder of the postdigital culture.

He has collaborated with a cofounder of the Metabolist Movement, Kisho Kurokawa, and with Arata Isozaki, Peter Christopherson, and MIT Media Lab.

Matsumoto has presented his work on multidisciplinary design, visual culture, and urbanism to the 5th symposium of the Imaginaries of the Future at Cornell University, the Espaciocenter workshop at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, New Media Frontier Lecture Series at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, iDMAa Conference 2017, Network Media Culture Symposium at CCA Kitakyushu, and NTT InterCommunication Center as a literary critic and media theorist. He curated the exhibition, Posthumanism, Epidigital, and Glitch Feminism at Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in 2020.

As a composer, video producer and graphic designer, he has worked with Peter Christopherson of Coil and Throbbing Gristle for Japanese Nike commercial, his album, Form Grows Rampant, and early sessions of Amulet Edition.

His academic career started as a teaching assistant for Vincent Joseph Scully Jr. and his seminar, the Natural and Manmade in 1993. During his visiting fellowship at the Glasgow School of Art, he has been engaged in research on the process of integrated urban regeneration under the guidance of Giancarlo De Carlo and Isi Metzstein. He continued his pursuit in urban studies and participated in seminal research projects with MIT Media Lab exploring high-rise modular housing, sustainability, and design interventions for Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2005.

Matsumoto has served as the MFA lecturer at Transart Institute, University of Plymouth. He works as a research associate and senior consultant for the New Centre of Research & Practice and the City of Dallas Office of Art and Culture respectively. Matsumoto is an honorary member of the British Art Network. He has been active as a guest critic on design reviews at Cornell University, Cooper Union, Columbia GSAPP, Rhode Island School of Design, and Pratt Institute.

Matsumoto is the recipient of Visual Art Open International Artist Award, Florence Biennale Mixed Media 2nd Place Award, The International Society of Experimental Artists Best of Show Award, Premio Ora Prize Italy 5th Edition, Premio Ora Prize Spain 1st Edition, Donkey Art Prize III Edition Finalist, Best of Show IGOA Toronto, Art Kudos Best of Show Award, FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) Media Art Finalist, Lynx International Prize Award, Lumen Prize Finalist, and Western Bureau Art Prize Honorable Mention.He was awarded the Gold Artist Prize from ArtAscent Journal, the 1st Place Prize from Exhibeo Art Magazine, and the Award of Excellence from the Creative Quarterly Journal of Art and Design in 2015 and 2016. His work is part of the permanent collection of the University of Texas at Tyler.

His work, writings, and interviews were published in Kalubrt Magazine, the University of North Carolina Wilmington Journal Palaver, Furtherfield.org, The Journal of Wild Culture, Studio Visit Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, H+ Magazine, International Artist Magazine, Made In Mind Magazine, Arizona State University Journal Superstition Review, Creative Review, Creative Boom, Next Nature Network, Rhizome.org, Monoskop, Carbon Culture Review, KooZA/rch, Supersonic Art, Post Digital Aesthetics (Berry and Dieter ed.), Drawing Discourse (University of North Carolina Asheville), Highlike (SEPI-SP editors), and Drawing Futures (The Bartlett UCL), among others.

Matsumoto’s multidisciplinary projects have been exhibited recently at Meadows Gallery University of Texas at Tyler, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery University of North Carolina Asheville, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, National Museum of Korea, CICA Museum, Van Der Plas Gallery, ArtHelix Gallery, Caelum Gallery, LAIR Gallery Lakehead University, Limner Gallery, the Cello Factory, University of the District of Columbia, Lux Art Gallery, Studio Montclair, Manifest Gallery, Center for Digital Narrative University of Bergen, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Art Basel Miami, ISEA International, FILE Sao Paulo, Nook Gallery, and Arts and Heritage Centre Altrincham. He had solo exhibitions at BYTE Gallery Transylvania University (2015), Los Angeles Center of Digital Art (2016), and Alviani ArtSpace, Pescara (2017).



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Gold T IO ART INTERNA www.ryotamatsumotostudio.blogspot.com ISTS tAscent Ar Ryota Matsumoto NAL FO R 8 CALL G o ld A r t i s t Rapid Gaze Polynomials Embedded in Infinite Variables Mixed media | 25 x 27” | $1,700 www.ArtAscent.com


Artist 9 C haos usually carries negative connotations. However, it can also be a basis for creating new phenomena. For example, as it’s commonly known, heat is the manifestation of molecular motion – the chaotic colliding that transforms matter. Ryota Matsumo is one of the artists who seeks to turn chaos into new order in his works. The contemporary world is changing faster than ever Modelling was abandoned. In this way, the material before. The hardly controlled chaos that evolves from object was made more abstract…” And Ryota’s art is the countless streams of the various sensory informa- grounded on the opposite principles: as a designer, he is tion, forces us to look for any “leading light” to orientate especially interested in spatio-temporal correlations that our muddled perception toward. Our brain strives to are embodied into the multilayered effect of find familiar patterns in the disorder, and Ryota uses this his drawings. ability in digital drawing. Moreover, abstract art aims toward distancing from any His compositions are produced at the meeting point of sphere of reality, approaching toward pure emotionality traditional medias and digital art. The artist starts with a of music, whereas Ryota refers to absolutely substantial hand-drawn draft, which is consequently constructed things – like, according to the author’s words, “dichoto- using image CAD and 3D modelling. The partial results my of organic and inorganic, structural and amorphous, are further transformed with acrylic, ink or scanned as well as microscopic objects and large structures.” images of found objects superimposed over them. On With the help of two-dimensional art, he forces his the final stage, the images are processed using vari- way into the architecture, bridging up these two fields. ous graphic software and plugins. This hybrid method Knowledge of human optical perception allows him perfectly fits into the major tendencies of contemporary to convert the chaos of forms into new expressive culture, where artists have to balance between the artistic gestures. coldness of objectivity and subjective artistic manner. Ryota Matsumoto is a Japanese artist, designer and Ryota’s pieces are defined by non-figurativeness and urban planner. Born in 1972 in Tokyo, he was raised in accent on visuality, which makes them look close to the Hong Kong and Japan. In the 1990s, he studied at the abstract art. However, this similarity is formal. Wassily Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh Kandinsky, one of the pioneers of abstract painting, School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art (UK). In wrote in his Concerning the Spiritual in Art, that “One of 2007, Ryota obtained his M.Arch. Degree from the Uni- the first steps in the turning away from material objects versity of Pennsylvania. In 2008, he founded the Ryota into the realm of the abstract was, to use the technical Matsumoto Studio based in Tokyo, which is known as artistic term, the rejection of the third dimension, that is a participant of international exhibitions and winner of to say, the attempt to keep a picture on a single plane. numerous art contests. By Oleksandra Osadcha


Gold 10 Ryota Matsumoto The Frozen Air Evoked the Analogical Still of Ephemeral Swarms Mixed media | 20 x 32” | $1,500 www.ArtAscent.com


Artist 11 Quantized Crackles of Emotional Scales Mixed media | 24 x 38” | $1,700


Gold 12 Ryota Matsumoto The Chronology of Imaginary Scrolls Mixed media | 26 x 35” | $1,700 www.ArtAscent.com


Artist 13 The Celestial Map of Dream Sequences Mixed media | 27 x 46” | $1,500


Bronze T IO ART INTERNA www.ryotamatsumotostudio.blogspot.com ISTS tAscent Ar Ryota Matsumoto NAL FO R 20 CALL B r o n ze A r t i s t Those Who Affirm the Spontaneity of Every Event Mixed media | 33 x 47” | $2,700 www.ArtAscent.com


Artist 21 I nspired by the complexity and glory of urban landscape, works by Ryota Matsumoto form intricate visual solutions associating the initial point with the philosophical background. They embody the spirits and vapours of the city, depicted through a combination of traditional and cyber aesthetics, making the artist a contemporary 3D calligrapher. Contemplation on the environment lies at the base of Gestures are imminently reminiscent of Japanese cal- Ryota’s creative process. The age we dwell in is witness- ligraphy rendered in a completely unexpected manner. ing the increase of interest and importance of ecological The sense of three-dimensionality cannot be over- issues, a trait that drove the artist toward further elab- looked, while the colours are rich, bold, clear and many; oration of ideas connected to nature and development standing for the initial artist’s fascination with the growth of cities. Fast urbanization and dynamic evolution of of contemporary cities. modern cities impact our surroundings in multiple ways, all of which are related to the space and time in which Titles of works further uncover the profundity of Ryo- they occur. All of these moments are entangled in visual ta’s meditation on the subject. The spirits he sees are manifestations of Ryota’s pondering, resulting in brilliant “restless” and the events are “perpetual” while the hybrid and multi-layered artwork. They are made to whole world resonates with the magnificence of “urban serve as associative and permanent evidence to the landscapes and their inevitable decay and involution.” possible and expected changes in our perception of The observer is instantly attracted and involved into the the urban environment, and, consequently, society and everlasting movement produced by infinite lines and culture in the global sense. twirls, tubes and smooth shapes. These yarns of life and energy can be seen as symbols for the course of life, The creative method Ryota employs testifies to his strat- whether it be a micro or macrocosm of a city. ified course of thinking. These artworks could be defined as drawings executed in an experimental media, which Born in 1972, Ryota Matsumoto was raised in Hong combines traditional ink, acrylic and graphite with digital Kong and Japan. He received his Master of Architecture techniques, including algorithmic processing, scripting degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after and image compositing with specially made software. studying at the Architectural Association in London and This innovative approach reveals a lot about the art- the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School ist’s views on the contemporary urban development, of Art in early 90s. His artwork and architectural projects including his relationship with tradition and Japanese art are featured in numerous publications and exhibitions history, which he so skilfully integrates into his pieces. internationally. Based in Tokyo, he runs an award-winning design office Ryota Matsumoto Studio. By Ana Bambic Kostov


Bronze 22 NEXT PAGE: Stretched into an Infinite Vapor of Spectral Resonance Ryota Matsumoto First Subtle Sign of Evolving Drones Mixed media | 32 x 47” | NFS Mixed media | 28 x 47” | $3,100 NEXT SPREAD: Moving Lines Inscribe Circles Mixed media | 33 x 23” | $3,000 www. www.ArtAscent.com


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Bronze 26 NEXT PAGE: The Indistinct Notion of an Object Trajectory Ryota Matsumoto The High Overdrive and Its Undefinable Consequence Mixed media | 31 x 47” | $3,700 Mixed media | 30 x 22” | $3,500 NEXT SPREAD: The Light Breath of Wind at Dawn Mixed media | 33 x 45” | $3,000 www.ArtAscent.com


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Bronze 30 Ryota Matsumoto Bounds of Distant Lines Mixed media | 23 x 32” | NFS www.ArtAscent.com


Artist 31 Space Station Talks Visualized From Orbiter Mixed media | 27 x 47” | $2,500 NEXT SPREAD: Stretched into an Infinite Vapor of Spectral Resonance Mixed media | 28 x 47” | $3,100


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Artist 33 Piece name Size, media NEXT SPREAD Too Fresh Canned Fish Ceramics on wood | 25 x 31 x 12” | | $1,000