Archive for August, 2012

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.”

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Remember What You Stand For opens 2nd August @ Art-el Gallery

August 1, 2012

Art-el Gallery is proud to present ‘Remember what you Stand For’, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings from Brighton based artist and illustrator, Pinky.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 2nd August at 6pm and runs until the 31st August.  The work, including a new screenprint produced for the show, will also be available on the Art-el website following the opening of the exhibition.

Gallery opening times – Thursday & Friday 11:30 to 17:30 and Saturday 12:00 to 16:30

“I make art about life.

Technicolor interpretations of my experience. Explorations of the infinite particular and the iconographic past and present. This moment and how to celebrate it.

On the way I create work for Flip skateboards, Altamont Apparel and Gnu Snowboards. I exhibit in Brighton, Portland, Berlin, London and Hull.

What is sacred to you? What makes your life meaningful? What’s next?

REMEMBER WHAT YOU STAND FOR”  Pinkyvision

www.pinkyvision.com
www.Art-el.co.uk