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'W.O.W. (What Once Was)' - Works by Max Rippon
    Wednesday, 05 March 2014 /// Written by Trippe

'W.O.W. (What Once Was)'
Works by Max Rippon
February 22nd - March 22nd
AF Gallery. Lichtstrasse 26-28, Cologne, Germany
Our friend Max Rippon (aka RIPO) is currently showing these wonderful wood and canvas works focused on his love of type through the lens of the fundamental transience of modern life that we're all setting goals for upgrades (PHOTOS).

"The basic fact of modern life... 'All that is solid melts into air.'" - Marshall Berman

We cannot stop. We must move forward. Growth. Expansion. Progress. Evolution. We don't yearn for less friends, a smaller house, a smaller bank account, less notoriety. The goals we set are for streamlining our upgrades, building on and in turn making obsolete what it was we craved and loved only yesterday.

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RIPO, recent works
    Tuesday, 29 October 2013 /// Written by Trippe

We wanna share with you a lil' taste of what letter loving RIPO has been doing around his Europe. Love the wooden works.

Here's some RIPO action last March at San Francisco's White Walls.

From the field to your plate - Painted in collaboration with Stohead - Special thanks to BC Gallery - Berlin, Germany

Money to Burn - Burnt plywood - 150 x 80 cm - Edition of 3 - Special thanks to uAbureau

Anyway You Cut It - The roofs, walls, and floors of this abandoned factory continue to collapse in on themselves as their support system gets cut away for scrap metal. - I made my own cuts to add rather than take away from this forgotten place. - Montgat, Spain

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RIPO @White Walls
    Tuesday, 26 March 2013 /// Written by Rachel Ralph

During their 10th anniversary celebration, White Walls gave one of their smaller back project rooms to Max (RIPO) Rippon (Barcelona, Spain) for his new show, Cut From the Chase.

The subtle word play between the written letters and the cut letters on which they sit is complex and inviting, and the wastebasket with paper shreds was a great touch. This room was a nice little sanctuary during the chaos of the opening and would probably be an even better experience any time between now and when the show closes on April 6th.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph - rachel(at)fecalface.com

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Max Rippon Mini Interview
    Thursday, 20 December 2012 /// Written by Trippe

As we approach the Holidays (are we there now?), we thought we'd check in with some of the artists currently showing in our Winter Group Show at FFDG on display through Jan 12th.

We've been posting up Barcelona based Max Rippon's (RIPO) work for years now (since 2009?). He does a lot of it outdoors and some of it indoors like he did with his recent show at White Walls (pics).

For some press release terminology: 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.... Here is a short interview with the prolific fella covering all the bases.

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Barcelona, Spain. Coming around the bend of thirty years. Educated. www.ripovisuals.com

"Untitled" currently showing @FFDG

How would you describe your work to someone?

Alphabetic. Calligraphic. Sarcastic. Serious. Destructive. Constructive.

Influences?

My friends, my brother, the Internet, and letters, signs, and sights I come across in the streets. Coming across unintentionally hysterical signage is the best.

Favorite place traveled?

Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

It can range from midday to midnight. An "average" day (I actually don't have these too often) I wake up mid-morning and do a bit of work in the studio or on the computer before running errands. If I get out of the house too late I won't be able to do anything since most places close in Spain during lunchtime. It's one of the most inconvenient things about living here. Then later in the afternoon I'll get down to business in the studio until someone distracts me and drags me out at night.

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RIPO in Spain
    Tuesday, 23 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

RIPO emailed over some pics from a recent wall he painted in Tudela de Navarra, Spain. It reads Surreal But So Real and was painted as part of the Avant-Garde Urbano Festival, curated by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Other artists in the festival were Escif, C215, and JCHM IX.

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RIPO @White Walls
    Friday, 10 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

We swung through White Walls last night for the opening of RIPO's current solo show "Signs, Fines and Cheap Wines".

Next door at The Shooting Gallery was the opening of Peter Gronquist's Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda where taxidermied animal's are adjorned with plastic guns and light fixtures. Dug the paintings.

Next door at The Shooting Gallery to view Peter Gronquist's show.

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RIPO @White Walls (Preview)
    Wednesday, 08 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

RIPO emailed over a few images as preview for his show "Signs, Fines and Cheap Wines" that opens Thursday, August 9th (7-11pm) at White Walls here in San Francisco.

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RIPO in Paris
    Monday, 19 March 2012 /// Written by Trippe

I got to work not long after that and decided on a straight forward message to announce my arrival: Arrivee (translation: (I have) Arrived). This piece is also painted next to the front door of a housing project in Vitry, so a fitting word to see when you're stumbling home.

Words and photos: RIPO

I first arrived to Vitry-Sur-Seine, a suburb slightly outside of Paris. I stayed a few days there with my friend C215 and he took me around to see some of the walls that have been getting painted around town as more and more artists are coming through there. Here are a few pieces spotted from C215, Shida, and Roa, as well as some nice old signage.

The second wall reads Davantage qu'il ne semble (translation: More than it seems). Our eyes complete the letters even though they run off the wall and onto the metal slatted door on the right.

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RIPO's Word in Barcelona
    Wednesday, 26 October 2011 /// Written by Trippe

RIPO emailed over this recent mural he did on a side of a library in Barcelona using rollers and a fire extinguisher. "WORD" is quite apt for a library.

 

RIPO's "Casa Nova" Print
    Thursday, 22 September 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Barcelona based RIPO, who does great mural works, releases this new (38"x28") giclee photo print Casa Nova which features a mural RIPO painted in a torn out house on the outskirts of of Barcelona in the winter of 2009.

print details:
Casa Nova
Archival giclée print
38" x 28" (approx. 97 x 71 cm)
Moab Entrada 300gsm Cotton Rag paper
Edition of 10
€310 each + shipping (will vary depending on your location). Payments will be accepted via PayPal.

If you’re interested please write to ripo.visuals@gmail.com.

 

Thanks, RIPO
    Friday, 01 April 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Barcelona based RIPO (great mural action) stopped by FFDG last week and gave us this amazing original. Can you read what it says?

 

RIPO in Barcelona
    Tuesday, 01 February 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Don't Get Me Wrong
RIPO solo show
@Galeria Cosmo, Barcelona.

Fecal Pal and NYC based RIPO emailed over some photos from his current show featuring calligraphy, fantastic typography, phonetics and political discourse running through Feb 14th in Barcelona... You may be familiar with RIPO's outside work.

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RIPO Solo show Barcelona Friday
    Thursday, 13 January 2011 /// Written by Trippe


Photos: Daniel Clark
MAX RIPPON ( RIPO )
DON'T GET ME WRONG
- solo exhibition

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GALERIA COSMO
C/ Enric Granados 3. 08007 Barcelona
January 14th - February 14th, 2011
Opening: January 14, 2011

All new paintings, drawings, sculptural paintings, and installation.

http://www.ripovisuals.com/

 

New Wall Works from RIPO
    Wednesday, 06 October 2010 /// Written by Trippe

Muralist, RIPO emailed over a couple newer mural works. Love his lettering and these pieces.

Your Name Super Size - Near Basel, Switzerland

Madrid, Spain - An old tobacco factory in Madrid seemed like the perfect place to paint a tribute to the classic Optimo Cigars sign that I grew up seeing all over NYC. And even for those people who won't know the context it's at least an Optimistic word. - RIPO

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RIPO Interview
    Tuesday, 31 March 2009 /// Written by Manuel Bello

Now living in Spain but this street artist was raised in NYC. He's currently showing at No New Enemies in Brussels. Manuel Bello interviews.

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The Piece Process
    Friday, 16 January 2009 /// Written by Manuel Bello

"Anonymous Gallery is proud to combine three generations of prolific artists whose work has been influenced by, or has directly influenced popular culture, design, and the urban environment." NYC

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