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Bio
Ari Richter was born in Tampa, FL in 1983. He received a 100% debt-free, public education, including a BFA from Florida State University and a MFA from UNC Greensboro. His sculptures, drawings, videos and performances have been presented at BHQFU (New York, NY), Flux Factory (Queens, NY), CentralTrak (Dallas, TX), ATHICA (Athens, GA), Celebrate Brooklyn! (Brooklyn, NY), Nexus Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), MOCAtv (Los Angeles, CA) and The Weatherspoon Art Museum (Greensboro, NC). He has attended artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the University of Texas at Dallas, and he presented at the academic conference, The Way of All Flesh, in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center and The Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Ari Richter is an Associate Professor of Art at LaGuardia Community College in The City University of New York. He lives and works in Queens, NY.

 

Statement
I use bodily materials to make objects and drawings. Itís not super gross stuff like poop, but sort of cute stuff like skin, hair and nail clippings. Iím really into puns, the visual equivalent of puns and the aesthetics of horror.

I have a not-so-secret desire to live forever. My skin drawings  are little arks that carry genetic information as well as narrative and remembered experience. I collect the skin from the inside of my mouth, over many days, weeks or months. The material is then pigmented with tattoo inks, or left raw, and laid on glass to create an image. As the skin dries, it self-adheres to the surface of the glass. As with tattoos, my drawings borrow imagery from a landscape of personal and cultural touchstones. Also like tattoos, my images tend toward situations of personal mythology, self-aggrandizement and near-instant regret.