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Both a tribute to the semi-recently deceased Dave Brubeck and a public service reminder to just take it easy.
“Cut From The Chase“, my recent solo exhibition of new works on paper opened last Saturday, March 9th. The show will be up through April 6th in the project space at White Walls Gallery’s new location, 886 Geary St., San Francisco.
The Cuts From the Chase
Bitches & Dream On
Cut From The Chase & InLaws/OutLaws
Good Times & Hard Times
Make Make Make & Find Me Falling
OutCome/InCome & InTake/OutTake
Solace In Solitude & OutCome/InCome
Algo Nuevo & InBox/OutBox
‘Cut From The Chase’, my new solo exhibition, will open on March 9th, 2013 at White Walls Gallery’s new space on 839 Larkin St., San Francisco. I’ll be showing a new collection of hand-cut paper works.
I’ve been a big fan of Fecal Face’s website for years. It’s an honor to take part in their Winter Group Show at FFDG opening on December 7th, 2012. The gallery is located at 2277 Mission St., San Francisco.
White Walls is pleased to present “Signs, Fines, & Cheap Wines,” the new solo show of Barcelona-based artist Max Rippon aka Ripo. “Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines,” will be Ripo’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. and will feature 25 new works, varying in size from 19×28” to 7’x7’. The opening reception will be Thursday, August 9th, from 7-11pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through September 1st, 2012.
Heavily influenced by sign painting, Ripo creates text-based work with an urban aesthetic, exploring single words and short turns of phrase with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility. Elaborately-drawn fonts, formed with watercolor, ink, graphite, sign painters enamel and oil pastels on delicate handcut paper, allow us to appreciate the aesthetics of the words regardless of their associations.
Fifteen works on paper showcase the malleable shape and form of typography with an energy that feels palpable and dynamic. Using techniques of calligraphy and layering, Ripo crafts letters that appear to jut and curve outside of the page in swift, fluid motion. Bleeding colors and splashes of paint burst beyond the constraints of the page, rendered in incredibly fine detail.
This attention to detail carries over to the artist’s large-scale works, as well. Working with wood, metal, glass, stone and plastic, Ripo replicates the variety of textures he encounters while painting outside, incorporating them as a main visual element. By painting only the negative space of the compositions in white enamel, the natural materials are allowed to play an active role in composing the letters and texts. With a nod to the assemblage art of Rauschenberg, broken mirrors, old signs, scrap metal and other found objects are recontextualized in the work and original tiles from the sidewalks and streets of Barcelona bring an iconic image and texture of the city to San Francisco.
“Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines” by Max Rippon aka Ripo
Opening Reception – Thursday, August 9th, 7-11 pm
On View Through September 1st, 2012
White Walls Gallery
835 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA