Posts Tagged ‘Ripo’

Co-LAB – officially open

March 17, 2013

Wow what a great day it was yesterday.

The one thing that we didn’t think would be working in time was the wonderful coffee machine, so when on Saturday morning the Co-LAB shop slowly filled with the aroma of ground coffee beans everybody breathed a sigh of relief and smiles filled faces.

The shop was busy all day and filled with great tunes as the DJ line up took turns at the decks.

A huge thanks to everybody who mucked in to make this happen (and happen on schedule), to all those that made the effort to put your head through the doors yesterday (and hopefully in the days, weeks, and months to come), to the artists who made those extra special touches, to the DJ’s for banging out da tunes, to all those who helped get Co-LAB out there re-blogging, sharing and re-tweeting and of course to Ujima Radio’s Mistri, although if you weren’t listening I can’t tell you why! (98FM)

Co-LAB is now open everyday at 2-4 Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3DB – Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm.

http://www.facebook.com/BristolCoLAB

Come and see what it’s all about.

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Mini Interview with Max Rippon @ Fecal Face

January 3, 2013

Click HERE for a great interview with Art-el artist Max Rippon from the good folks at Fecal Face.

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‘Your Name’ – available at http://www.art-el.co.uk

Max ‘Ripo’ Rippon – Signs, fines & Cheap Wines opens 9th August

August 9, 2012

For those of you lucky enough to be in or near San Franciso between the 9th August and the 1st September be sure to drop into the White Walls gallery and check out Ripo’s new collection of work.

Good luck Max hope the exhibition is a massive success.

 

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.

From the Artist:

“I get the most satisfaction when a word fits perfectly to a situation, in expressing something personal that others can relate to.”

New RIPO piece in Barcelona

May 17, 2012

Following a weekend long stag party, RIPO marked the occasion with this great piece.  Good Times indeed.

Max ‘RIPO’ Rippon

May 8, 2012

It has been for some time now that we (Art-el) have been in discussion with Max Rippon (Ripo) and we are over the moon that this has finally happened.

We were introduced to his art by a man whose view is always to be listened to, Harlan Levey, creator of Modart and NO NEW ENEMIES NETWORK.  We were blown away by his huge body of outdoor work that spans the globe and also his exquisit juxtaposition of simple wording on some amazing buildings and walls.  His letter forms are so subtlely crafted that it seems that they have already been dissolved in the ephemeral nature of graffiti.

‘Your Name Here’ – New York City

We also heavily respect him taking himself out of the Mecca of Most (NYC) where he could have been a big player by now, chosing the laid back culture of Barcelona with plenty of amazing walls, both in and out of the city.   It’s nice to see this organic approach now being rewarded with his solo show at White Walls later this year.

‘Tomorrow Another’ – Barcelona

His works are as prolific (having painted in no less than 36 countries to date) as they are stylish and interesting and often offer more questions than answers, always with a sense of sarcasm and humor crawling beneath the surface, which is evident in the pieces pictured below.

‘Nothing’ – Tenerife

“Some people say they prefer to have Nothing painted on their wall. No problem”

‘Word’ – Barcelona

“On the side of a library.  Word.  Painted using a combination of rollers and a fire extinguisher”

‘Dream On’ – Los Angeles

“A message to the city of dreams: Dream On”

‘Mierda’ – Barcelona

“Making shit (mierda in spanish) look good”

‘Your Name’ is a recurring theme throughout most of RIPO’s work both outdoors and indoors, ever wondered why?  Ponder no longer!

‘Your Name 3D’ – Barcelona

“Graffiti is about writing your name everywhere, as much as possible and with as much style as possible.  Some of you don’t understand this, maybe because you haven’t had Your Name up yourself.  These are for you”

‘Untitled (Your Name Black) – Ink and enamel on hand cut paper

We recently had a little internet Q & A session with the man himself – here are the results!

Q: Name and/or Nom de plume?
A: Max Rippon aka Ripo

‘RIPO’ – Barcelona

Q: Tea or Coffee?
A: Coffee, lots of it.

Q: Can you describe yourself in 5 words?
A: Open, twenty, four, seven, yeah!

Q: What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
A: My hands

Q: What is your creative process?
A: Learn to draw before anything else.

Q: You have been labelled as a ‘writer’ ‘graffiti artist’, ‘guerilla street artist’, criminal, why do you think people need to define you in this way and does it impact on how people interact with the work?
A: Labels do more to limit than to liberate.

Q: If not art, what career would you had liked to have had?
A: If I had the slightest shred of musical talent I would love to do that.

Q: If you could meet any person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
A: Jimi Hendrix seems like he would have been a fun guy to hang with. But I’ve been really luck to have met some amazing people over the years who I look up to immensely. Rather than choosing I’ll let life keep surprising me.

Q: What is your greatest achievement to date?
A: Continuing to make artwork everyday of my life.

‘To Make a Long Story Short’ – Barcelona

Q: Who inspires you artistically?
A: My brother, my friends, and too many other artists who I’ve met, and even more who I haven’t met, to list here.

Q: What was the the content of the last photo you took?
A: A handpainted wooden store sign on the streets of Barcelonathat reads “Aquí estoy yo” (translation: Here I am)

Q: Who inspires you in life?
A: My family and friends.

Q: Three websites you visit everyday? Not social media as no doubt you are on Facebook or Twitter (or both)!
A: If I’m lucky I’ll have a day where I visit no websites at all.

Q: What was the last art exhibition you visited and your thoughts?
A: I went to see the Ai Wei Wei photo exhibit at the Jeu de Paume inParis. The hype around his work is out of control and the line at the door exhibited that. But his snapshots gave a great behind the scenes look at the history, development and thought process behind his larger works and projects.

Q: Three websites that you spend too much time looking at everyday?
A: That fucking book of faces, blogs (too many of them), my email

Q: How close to finishing your current painting are you?
A: Tomorrow, I promise.

‘Sorry’ – ink and watercolour on paper

Q: What was the last book you read?
A: I’m in the middle of “Nothing If Not Critical” by Robert Hughes.

Q: What is your favourite Gallery in the world?
A: The one that makes me the most money!

Q: What was the last film you watched?
A: Is porn considered film? Cause I saw this one recently…

Q: What three pieces of advice you to give anyone just starting off down the
path of taking their art seriously?
A: Sleep less, hold on to another source of income for the time being, and know with all your heart you’ll be making art until the day you die.

Q: If you could get superpowers or be a superhero what/who would it be?
A: Telekinesis

Q: If you were to be stranded on desert island what three things would you
take with you?
A: I would just need two things. Sunscreen and an escape plan.

Q: Your favourite piece of art?
A: The internet. And some day it will be the work titled “Death of the Internet”

‘Come Over’ – Paraguay

It has and continues to be a very busy for RIPO, being involved in a group show the Del Mural’ Art exhibition, located in the Espai Mercé Sala at the Diagonal metro stop in Barcelona, which runs to the 1st June and of course launching new work with Art-el. http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/ripo

He has also just participated in ‘The Wallflowers’ exhibition at The Carhartt Gallery in Germany, you can see him getting up in the Gallery in this video.

More exciting, maybe, is what is to come as RIPO travels to San Francisco in August 2011, for a solo show at the prestigious White Walls Gallery.  I’m sure you all join us in wishing him every success for that show and those that follow.

To see and hear more about the world of RIPO visit http://www.ripovisuals.com/ and http://ripovisuals.wordpress.com/

Amazing Art-el Gallery Pictures

April 10, 2012

We were e-mailed these incredible photographs of the gallery over the Easter weekend from JoE Clarke who is a co-resident at The College.

The e-mail simply read “Happy Easter”.

Check out more of JoE’s work at his website http://www.joe-clarke.com/ or check out the coming together of his new blog spot whilst you’re exploring wordpress http://joeclarkephotography.wordpress.com/

Art-el welcomes RIPO

March 27, 2012

Max Rippon (Ripo) was born and raised in NYC. He began drawing at a very young age and has not stopped making pictures since. After graduating from art school in the United States in 2005 he quickly left the country for Barcelona, Spain where he has since dedicated himself to painting and creating artwork both in the streets and the studio. In recent years his work has become primarily text-based, exploring and communicating through typography, calligraphy and other hand-painted elements. His works often offer more questions than answers, always with a sense of sarcasm and humor crawling beneath the surface. His influences are rooted in his upbringing in NYC, his current life in Barcelona, as well as his extensive travels across Europe and Latin America.

He has illegally exhibited his work in over 36 countries across the world. He has also legally participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in cities such as Barcelona, Vienna, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, London, Basel, and New York.

We are delighted to be representing RIPO and his amazing talent.

We currently have 3 beautifully float mounted and framed cut out originals and 2 unframed originals on paper available from http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/ripo

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Thanks to Joe Clarke for the photography http://www.joe-clarke.com and Tunnadine Bespoke Framing for … well the framing! http://web.mac.com/tunnadine/Tunnadine_Fine_Art/framing.html

RIPO is also currently part of the ‘Wallflowers’ show at The Carhartt Gallery in Germany and designed the flyer for the show.

And also the ‘Del Mural Art’ show which opens in the metro system of Barcelona tomorrow.

Then in August RIPO has a show at the prestigious White Wall Gallery in San Francisco.

Art-el Gallery News

March 14, 2012

So last weekend we spent all of Saturday taking down the gallery and re-hanging it with lots of new goodness for people to feast their eyes upon, including some outstanding new work by american artist RIPO, these will soon be up on the web-site too.

Here’s a little taster, but drop by and see us we’re open Thursday and Friday 11.30am to 5.30pm and Saturday 12.00pm to 4.30pm and we’ve got  the coffee pot on.

New RIPO pieces.

Newly hung wall featuring the 1890's commissioned fireplace, painted by Paris

This will be the last re-shuffle now until our exciting exhibition schedule takes of in May.

First up Scottish artist, Lyken who has just finished making waves with a massively successful solo show in Glasgow, we’ve seen the pictures and if they’re anything to go by then you’ll want to be catching this show – opening night 4th May.

Next up is English writer Erms / Ermone who will be joing us from Paris (his current place of residence).  He has some pretty exciting ideas for the space so you’re not going to wanting to miss this one either.

ERMS

The opening night for this show is the 1st June which co-incides with the start of the Bristol Biennial, so this won’t be any normal gallery opening as there will also be live music and entertainment, to include Kev the poet and the Triangulators (full details to follow).

Ladies love the summer and this summer we are loving the ladies.  The 29th of June sees the opening of a joint show with Fran Williams and Leanne Ellis, two very different styles but both extremly beautiful.

Fran Williams, new work "Call To Mind". Available at the AAF, Battersea, London 15-18 March

 

Leanne Ellis new work "Intention"

Bringing Brighton to Bristol in August, Pinky opens his solo show on the 3rd.  Psychedlic wonderment!

Pinky in Bristol @ See No Evil 2011

So peeps, get those dates in your diaries, it’s good times a head!

 

Max Rippon (RIPO) show in Barcelona

January 12, 2011

Just a heads up for anyone in or around Barcelona this coming Friday, which sees the opening of a new exhibition of paintings and installations by one of our favourite writers/artists the incredibly talented Ripo.

‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ opens this Friday, January 14th at Galeria Cosmo, Barcelona and runs until February 14th.

Originating from New York but seemingly in love with Barcelona Ripo continues to tear things up around the walls of Europe and beyond with its unique textbased work and his unique and crazy fresh style. His choice of location for his outdoor work is always bang on the money and his ‘ Your Name Here’ project always had us waiting for his next piece to pop up. His recent ‘ Change in Vain’ wall was definitely one of our highlights of 2010.

www.ripovisuals.com

www.galeriacosmo.com

http://ripovisuals.wordpress.com


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