ART EXHIBITION: REBECCA RIPPLE
June 6 - July 4, 2009
Opening Reception: June 6, 7-10 pm
Artist Talk: June 28, 2pm
Gallery hours: Thurs - Sat, 12 - 6pm & by appointment.
For images, please contact: Kristi Engle
Kristi Engle Gallery is delighted to present Velvet Involution – sculptures and installation work by Rebecca Ripple, on exhibit from June 6 to July 4, 2009. Following an interest in the dialectic of a variety of cultural systems (Catholicism vs. consumerism; conformity vs. desire; concept vs. sensate; self vs. other), Ripple develops an art that is both expressive in the handling of material and, rich in visual and linguistic associations. Playing out complex interrelations between language, desire, faith, social conformity and subjecthood, Ripple's work produce both visceral and analytic responses.
The work on display ranges between multi-part installations to tight, discrete objects.
Flock of Nuns is a tableau of habits outlined in a hand made mesh of gilded wire, barely materialising, like a vaguely remembered childhood dream. Another piece is a 3D realization of the word "God", made of black velvet and patent leather, hand-sewn using shoemaking techniques. Please Me Please, an installation of pod-like forms sporting parochial school skirts, the white domed top of each pod is a mouth (cast in plaster) grasping one of the 10 letters that spell out the title of the piece. Undulating beneath the sheer skirts are tendrils edged with gold umbilical-like cording. These tendrils reappear in a separate installation that features a smooth round body shape pushing up from beneath handmade lace within whose structure of knots appears the word "language".
In her work, Ripple has created a vehicle wherein written, physical and representational systems coexist. Here one finds a tight interplay between imagery, material and written language that intertwine physically as well as schematically with beautiful and uncanny complexity.
Rebecca Ripple received her MFA from Yale University and currently teaches at Cal State Northridge and LA City College . She has exhibited in New York and Chicago as well as Los Angeles and received the several awards including a fellowship and residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE.