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Ari Richter

Studio Building
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Studio Location
"The Sleep of Reason," Pigmented human skin on glass, 8" x 10", 2012
"Pervert," Pigmented human skin on glass, 8" x 10", 2012
"Eat Me," Pigmented human skin on glass, 8" x 10", 2012
"In Memory," Pigmented human skin on glass, 8" x 10", 2012
"In Memory" (detail), Pigmented human skin on glass, 8" x 10", 2012
Artist's Statement

My work embodies the principle, “Waste not, want not.” I salvage materials from the waste can, and make things that few people want. I think of humor and anxiety as opposite sides of the same coin. Unfortunately for me, this currency has a terrible exchange rate. I’ve been told that my practice is self-absorbed and vainglorious. Incidentally, vainglorious is a nickname I gave to my penis. My family is the root of all my anxieties. Sit-in on their Passover Seder and you’ll know about affliction. When I was a child I obsessively drew comic books. My super heroes would murder each other using their bodily powers of piss, shit and vomit. My parents were both therapists, so this was a healthy expression of creativity. With my art, I strive to be more like a child. On an average day in the studio I throw a tantrum, soil my pants and nap for the rest of the afternoon.


b. 1983 in Tampa, Florida

MFA, Studio Art, UNC Greensboro
BFA, Drawing and Painting, Florida State University

Solo Exhibitions
The Skin I Live In, CentralTrak, The University of Texas, Dallas, TX
New Work, Flood Fine Arts Center, Asheville, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions
The Fool’s Journey, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ
The Subterranean Jungle, SITE Fest, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Under the Subway Video Art, Local Project, Long Island City, NY
Laughter as Medium, BETA Spaces, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
The Work Office, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Field of Dreams (Un Mundo Nuevo), The Bruce High Quality Foundation with Celebrate Brooklyn!, Brooklyn, NY
America's Children's Home, Dugg Dugg, Charlotte, NC
Yummy, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC