John Riepenhoff's Green Gallery Wallgasm
The Green Gallery’s WALLGASM
A meta-installation featuring 17 artists
September 26 – November 7, 2009
Angstrom is thrilled to present Wallgasm, a project developed in collaboration with John Riepenhoff’s Green Gallery. An evolving project, Wallgasm showcases gallerists, curators, artists and art presenters that Riepenhoff and Angstrom owner David Quadrini have enjoyed working with over Angstrom’s thirteen-year history. Participants include Tony Matelli, Jose Lerma, Michelle Grabner, Santiago Cucullu, Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, Peter Barrickman, Sara Clendening, Chris Smith, Ian Hokin, Nicholas Frank, Paul Druecke, Paul Stoelting, Steve Wetzel, Amanda Tollefson, and Quadrini and Riepenhoff themselves.
Capitalizing on the particular perspectives of these practitioners, who have all engaged in presenting art as curators, organizers, and innovative platform-makers, Wallgasm considers art from inside out, using the gallery itself as a material and medium. The group show format is itself implicated in larger questions about viewers’ experience and engagement with art: Is the whole art world itself really just one big group show? Is what the viewers see anything like what the artist sees? Who is responsible for what part of the experience? Do the gallery walls act as windows to a separate, unbounded conceptual space?
Galleries generally show art, but rarely do they question themselves in the process. In that sense, Wallgasm is a meta-group show. Quadrini and Riepenhoff both developed their approaches to presenting art in cities that did not have proper conceptual art networks and were far from known for supporting the contemporary art experience. Neither Dallas nor Milwaukee had much of a roadmap or existing status quo. Just running a gallery in these settings is an innovation, and dealing with the subsequent effects has offered a transformative perspective on the art experience.
For example, as an artist and owner of Milwaukee’s Green Gallery, Riepenhoff embodies the notion of art as social and conceptual intersection. His own work acts as a support system, or platform, for other artists. In Wallgasm, the head-sized miniature white-box gallery called The John Riepenhoff Experience exhibits Scott Reeder’s Greatest Hits, diorama-sized versions of his most popular paintings. Also, Riepenhoff’s newest autobiographical sculptures, Art Stand Series 1-4, showcase paintings by Grabner, Barrickman, Scott Reeder and Quadrini, from the perspective of the usually unseen art-handler.
Please collaborate in Wallgasm by implicating yourself as a viewer. Gallery-goers may see the show Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. between September 26th and November 7th, 2009. The opening reception takes place Saturday, September 26th from 7 p.m. – midnight.
For further information, please contact gallery director, Corrina Wright, 310-204-3334.