Brooklyn based artist Dave Rittinger has collaborated with some art world heavyweights throughout his career, such as Dennis Oppenheim and Alice Aycock. Rittinger has a very spatially aware practice dominated by a play on the function of objects. His quirky visual puns hark back to the surrealists and draw our attention to ideas of branding and the relationships of objects to their environment. Our human emotions and actions are mirrored in his sculptural work in a somewhat melancholic way: the hotplate that almost reaches the power outlet is a classic example.”Love Connections” (2010) makes me smile with it’s overt symbolism and arbitrary treatment of sexual preference – all are the displayed in the same manner, using the same type of chord and arrangement. I like Rittinger’s boldness and this is what makes his art so memorable.
Text by Marion Piper.