Plein Air, Plain Air
By John Riepenhoff
Sunday July 14, 2013
On the grounds of the Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 West Brown Deer Rd.
nAbr gallery presents Plein Air, Plain Air by John Riepenhoff. Riepenhoff utilizes the open ceiling of the structure as a viewing mechanism to frame his newest series of Plein Air paintings. Literalizing the term “plein air” Riepenhoff allows the audience to experience the paintings in the same open environment in which he created them.
“When we create we document not only what is at our attention, we also archive the resources that have been used to tell our story. Though this latter aspect of expression is often obscured, its limitations can tell us a lot about an individual’s condition and subsequently about the position of his or her culture. This series acknowledges the limits of an individual’s range in an attempt to shift the outer conditions of creating into the subject of the medium.”
-John Riepenhoff on the ‘Plein Air’ series for the occasion of his first show at nAbr gallery 2010.
John Riepenhoff is an artist, curator, gallery director, art fair co-organizer and inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others. Riepenhoff opened The Green Gallery while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His first solo show, Group Show, took place in 2010 at Jackpot Gallery in Milwaukee, and his work and projects have been presented at the Tate Modern and Frieze Art Fair (London); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Marianne Boesky, and Swiss Institute (New York); Ooga Booga (Los Angeles); Misako & Rosen (Tokyo); Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne); Karma International (Zurich); Queens Park Railway Club (Glasgow); Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami); The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois); Western Exhibitions (Chicago); Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Art Museum, Inova (Milwaukee). Riepenhoff is a board member of Friends of Blue Dress Park and a founding member of the curatorial group Milwaukee International/Dark Fair. This summer he is is participating in shows at James Fuentes and Marlborough Gallery (New York), Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), and Lucie Fontaine (Tokyo).