A solo exhibition at AF Gallery in Cologne, Germany
Feb. 22nd - March 22nd, 2014
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.
The advances we’ve made in digital information and communication allow for ever-increasing speed of growth while at the same time create more possibility to destroy and lose that information in the blink of an eye.
“The basic fact of modern life... ‘All that is solid melts into air.’” - Marshall Berman
W.O.W. (What Once Was)“ presents Max Rippon’s latest works on canvas and wood. The exhibition’s title refers to the fundamental transience of modern life - the constant process of creation, destruction, and transformation in the material just as much as the immaterial.
A new series of the artist’s “news headline“ canvases will be presented. Through layers of hand-painted lettering he explores the fast-paced, highly ephemeral business of the news media as well as the readers’ fragmented memory and perception of these events.
Rippon’s latest sculptural and wood pieces, however, are the highlight of this exhibition. He transforms hand- painted lettering into wood sculptures and wood collages on canvas through an elaborate production process including calligraphy, 3D-modeling, digital fabrication, and traditional wood finishing techniques. These highly delicate works blur the line between the perfection of digital technologies and the imperfections and organic nature of the analogue processes.