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Artist's Lecture Today

MICA welcomes artist Charles Ritchie for a free talk on Monday, Nov. 10 at noon in BBOX

Posted 11.10.08 by MICA Media Relations

Charles Ritchie

Since 1977, Ritchie has recorded images and notes in a series of sketchbook/journals that now number 131 books. These volumes have become both settings for intimate watercolor studies improvised from subjects in and around his home, and dream repositories written in a pen and ink note hand that only the artist can fully decipher. The sketches and texts inform a broad program of small-size drawings created serially and independent of the books. In addition, Ritchie's drawings and journals are the sources for his intaglio prints that engage the techniques and materials of printmaking to reinvent his images.

The artist's lecture at MICA will be based loosely around 30 years of work seen concurrently in his solo exhibition, From the Inside Looking Out, on view at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia through Saturday, Dec. 20. Ritchie will discuss the tools, techniques, and materials used to create the works on view in the exhibition as well as creative strategies and his sources of inspiration. He will also delve into the evolution of his journal, how his cryptic handwriting came into being and its purpose, and the various experiences that have shaped his books, including his use of dreams and careful tracking of them. In addition, the artist will discuss his work with printer/publisher James Stroud of Center Street Studio (Milton, Mass.) and spotlight the development of his current print project.

The Nov. 10 talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-225-2300.