Ben Tritt, Artmatr


September 29 - October 29, 2016

David Krut Projects is pleased to present Prototype, a special projects exhibition by Ben Tritt and Artmatr, Inc. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, September 29th from 6 to 8 PM. Working with partners from the MIT Media Lab, University of Konstanz and Pratt University, Ben Tritt created Artmatr, Inc to prototype a new type of ‘printer’ for artists - a rethinking of the conventional monotype for the digital age. Incorporating robotics, CNC and drones, Tritt’s group is creating the possibility to output authentic works directly from digital sources (high-end tablets and paint simulation software, such as ArtRage, Fresh Paint and Brushes Redux.) This approach to painting falls between the traditional methods of oil paint and the semi-mechanized processes of the monotype. The benefits of originating from a digital source are numerous, including the memory of every mark, freedom of scale, and theoretically infinite possibilities for revisiting works with various brush types, viscosities, grounds and colors.

Prototype represents the first public display of paintings created with Artmatr's various prototypes under development.

Ben Tritt was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1972. He was educated in New York and Florence. Settling in Israel in 1996, he helped found the Jerusalem Studio School, where he taught for six years as Master Class Instructor. During this period, Ben was also an Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Professor at the Slade School of Art in London and a Guest Lecturer at Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. He subsequently received a presidential fellowship to the University at Albany, and established the Goliath Institute of Art in Hillsdale, NY were he taught until 2010. Ben relocated to Paris during 2010 and 2011, exhibiting, teaching, and creating public art projects. He currently resides in New York City, where has been working on commissions for indoor and outdoor spaces. Tritt's additional teaching experience includes courses and seminars in old master painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery Washington DC and the National Gallery London. Tritt also lectured on art and architecture at Art Fest Perugia, Italy; UC Fullerton CA; and IUAV Venice Italy. More recently he taught two courses at Arts at MIT and worked as Artist in Residence and lecturer at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Ben has exhibited throughout France, The US and Israel, most notably at Haim Chanin and Salander O’Reilly galleries in New York. He has also installed large-scale public projects in Israel, Paris, Nice and New York. In 2014, Tritt constructed a 60’ tall free standing painting at NYC’s Bryant Park. Ben worked with David Krut Projects in Johannesburg to produce a series of monotypes as in connection with the installation. The experience of being at the workshop with his experienced staff and unique stable of artists, opened his horizons to many new aspects of the trans-disciplinary approach. As the previous installations were aimed at crossing the boundary between art and architecture, the past two years have focused on expanding the language of printmaking, creating painterly works originating from the digital domain. The experimental and open-minded approach to monotypes at DKW was a key component in this undertaking. The experienced team at DKW facilitated the patient exploration of these areas with conventional means, extending the amount of human supervisory input from what was originally intended. Their approach analyzed the possibilities of the monotype to enable both the precision of an edition and the radical departures contained in a series. The insight gained at DKW sparked a further research spread around the globe.