ART WHORE
ryder_ripps
On 11/9/14 i spent the night at the Ace Hotel.

I was asked to be an artist in residence for a night in the hotel – which entails a free room for a night and a $50 allowance for art supplies.

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I decided for my project I would go on the Craigslist casual encounters section and hire a male and a female sex worker to draw whatever they wish. The title of this piece is ART WHORE, referring to my own involvement.

Beginning around 7pm I emailed about 60 people, both men and women.

The first response I got back was from the following ad –

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The response was as follows –

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Brooke arrived a bit after 9pm and drew for about 45 minutes, mostly on newsprint using the oil sticks I provided. Her drawings are below –

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Brooke said she really enjoyed the experience, described it as "surprising" and "therputic" to me when we were walking out. After Brooke had left, Jay was scheduled next. Both Brooke and Jay were the few people who replied and agreed to be a part of the project, there was very little selection on my part. Jay's original Craigslist post was –

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Our correspondence was as follows –

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Jay's drawings can be seen below –

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Jay also said he had a great time and we are going to keep in touch.

I ended up paying each $80 for about 45 minutes of their time drawing.

I spent the night in the hotel, when I woke up I left the two canvases that Brooke and Jay made in the hotel room –

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In the morning I had the following correspondence with the hotel staff –

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For full video documentation of the event see the following video which was captured on my computer webcam with full knowledge of Brooke and Jay –




http://ryder-ripps.com/Ryder%20Ripps%20-%20Ace%20Hotel%20-%20Art%20Whore.mp4


-Ryder Ripps

Plaque depicting Bernard Palissy
ryder_ripps
Strolling through the MET is pretty fun. Artworks are given a sort of stately feel just by being in the museum. The importance of a work and the presupposition that its representative of a time/vibe/people is basically carried in each object by that exists in the space. I walked by this thing and it caught my attention –

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The frame seemed just a little "too extra" for the drab scene found within. The work is called, "Plaque depicting Bernard Palissy", the wall text reads –

This framed Sèvres plaque is one of the most ambitious and original works of art produced in the Renaissance Revival style of mid-nineteenth-century France. Both the plaque and the elaborate frame pay homage to the flourishing of the decorative arts that took place during the French Renaissance. The scene on the plaque, by Nicolas-Marie Moriot after a painting by Charles Alexandre Debacq (1804-1853), portrays Bernard Palissy, the only Renaissance potter whose name was known in the nineteenth century, burning the furniture in his house to fire his kiln. The oval enamel-on-copper plaques that decorate the frame depict events from Palissy's life, and their grisaille decoration evokes Limoges enamels of the sixteenth century. The plaques were painted by Jacob Meyer-Heine, who was named head of the recently established enamel workshop at Sèvres in 1840. The dragons entwined with strapwork on the gilt-bronze frame by Armande Feuchère are drawn from the architectural vocabulary of the French Renaissance, and the biscuit porcelain figures modeled by Jean-Baptiste-Jules Klagman (1810-1867) recall the stucco decoration of the Galerie François I at Fontainebleau, the supreme example of Renaissance art in France. The designs and molds for this plaque are preserved at the Sèvres manufactory.

So this is a picture of some dude burning the stuff in his house to fire his kiln.. lol... Housed in the most garish frame I have ever seen, this tragic act (in the greek sense) becomes a celebration. A celebration of the paradox of art. Lets take a step back, so the bro in the painting who is burning his stuff is named Bernard Palissy; a potter working in France in the mid/late 1500's, a dude who once was at a rich persons house and saw a piece of porcelain from China and like totally flipped out over the glaze.. in turn he spent like 10 years trying to replicate the glaze, failed, became poor, and alas burned all his shit for this fruitless pursuit. So eventually his wife was probably like "hey listen man, u have got to make some fucking money this is getting out of hand".. so he switches gears, dispels the dream of recreating what must have been totally otherworldly, alien aesthetic from a magical foreign land (China). He does a 360˚ turn and creates a style which he is now known for, "Palissy Wear" or "Rustique Wear", which looks like this –

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Basically this style features taking dead lizards and fish and other organic stuff and pressing it into a ceramic. Anyways, this style took off. Rich French folks in the late 1500's flipped out, lost their shit, loved it. This MUST have created a major inner conflict for Palissy. Here was a guy who wanted to recreate the pristine, metallic quality found in probably whats known as a "Celadon" glaze, widely practiced during the Song Dynasty.

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Failed, then got famous for creating faux rustic art. This paradox is something that I find often being acted out in art. In short, people want what they cant have – The artist was captivated by the rich persons global trade trappings, and the rich person was captivated by the "realness" expressed by the artists "rustic style".

Ok so back to the actual work at hand, this celebration of Palissy housed in this ridiculous frame. The frame is garish in a Ed Hardy sort of way, as opposed to a Louis XIV kind of way. Its a pastiche of many styles.. check it out –

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Created right before the advent of Art Nouveau, the frame's ceramics are true to styles that were coming out of the Sèvres region in France at the time. This is the only frame I can find originating from Porcelain artisans. The frame has Dragons on it, depictions of rich people making deals and busts of Noblemen overlooking the incredibly stylistically contrary scene of Pallisy burning his shit. The work itself was made by 6 different dudes!

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My immediate reaction when i saw the work was "Ed Hardy" –

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The contrast between the style of the painting and its frame further expresses the same paradox found within the scene it depicts.. Like how rich people want Basquiat and are thrilled by the unadulterated purity/reality found within abstraction. This stratification of taste, where poor people cant recognize "good art" ("my kid could draw that") and rich people look for art that is exceptionally raw is something that I think is somewhat new.

"Plaque depicting Bernard Palissy" is a good early example of what a "Globalized Aesthetic" looks like and it also great because it depicts the hilarious space where art lies – art is not the object itself, but the glimmer of hope that it may bring understanding with it.

-Ryder Ripps

Hyper Current Living, overview
ryder_ripps
Today, April 28th 2013, I started my performance at Red Bull Music Academy, Hyper Current Living. The brief of the performance is as follows –

"Hyper-Current Living is a performance by Ryder Ripps in which he "lives" and "works" at Red Bull Music Academy between April 28th and May 5th 2013 – he'll be drinking Red Bull and creating digital stuff at hyper speed. In the stream, our output is valued by its proliferation and its likes and favs – what incentive is there to spend 4 years writing a novel if it will just be a link in a stream lasting a few hours? The piece brings this trait into light by designating a time and space to the creation of such fragmented, short interactions native to social media."

The performance, and its four individual components, is currently live at http://hypercurrentliving.com

Here is a video walk through of the space –



Convincing the folks at Red Bull Music Academy to get behind this was not an easy task. Ironically, the more the piece had to do with Red Bull as a liquid/product, the more weary they were to give me the green light. I think originally it seemed strange to them that I would want to unabashedly integrate the brand so heavily into my art – they thought maybe I was doing it because i felt somehow obligated to, or perhaps it was i was being sarcastic/making fun of the brand. Neither of which are the case. The piece to me is mainly about how our consciousness of "the stream" (social media stream) effects the things we make. As a creative person, who's output is valued through a collective qualitative judgement, the stream offers us the ability to immediately put something into a type of "market place" of culture. (before the internet you had to give a concert, get published etc. to do this) This being the case, we are often socially satiated by the likes, favs and retweets a post gets – these are the things that seemingly carry with them cultural value. Within such a value system I wonder what difference there is between something that takes 1 year to make and gets 50 likes on Vs. something that takes a few seconds and gets the same amount of likes. The performance touches on this in a very litteral way, proudly letting an "idea" be the ends of the production line.. The "ideas" are posted publicly to twitter, with the purpose of gaining attention, get faved and ultimately making me feel loved.. the ideas end there, and evaporate into the stream.

Red Bull as a substance aids this modern mode of production. Drink a Red Bull, feel alert, finish what you can finish in 4 hours, turn it in. "Conceptual art as a sport", a phrase i wanna coin, considers the stamina and endurance that goes into taking ideas/art seriously and trying to make a living from them/it. Maybe slamming a Red Bull and doing a base jump is not too different from slamming a Red Bull and making art (something i've observed my friend Ryan Trecartin do many times ;)

So far I have dranken 4 Red Bulls and made 50 ideas (as of 8:44pm EST.)

Here are some of the ideas/posts I like –







I designed an outfit for the performance check it out –







So far, i have felt very productive in this space, and its not only the sugar and caffeine. I think having this live updating interface right next to my face really seems to be a source of motivation.. its like looking in the mirror all day.



I will post an update at the end of the piece discussing the experience further. Thanks for reading.

Torn Touch
ryder_ripps
Today I was walking with my coworker, Jules LaPlace, going home from a day at the OKFocus office. On the E train platform I noticed this just sitting there,

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Naturally, I took a picture and posted it up on Instagram,

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The train took a while to come, and I was bored. I kept looking at this severed iPad ad sitting in this pathetic position. Eventually, with my ACG Foamposites, Burberry coat and all I decided to pick up the vinyl fragments.

I came home about an hour and a half ago, and started pulling these sticky iPad things apart. They were really sticky, I posted a vine about their stickiness,



Anyways, after pulling these things apart I proceeded to stick them in a way I felt was agreeable to the original on my wall. Here's the end result,

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I feel pretty good about the piece. I like thinking about the person who aggressively tore this ad off the wall. Who are they? Perhaps they too fancy themselves an artist? Or maybe they are a die hard Android user mad at Apple. Or maybe they were just bored on the platform and wanted something to tug at. I also enjoy the tactile discrepancy between the delicate nature of touch on an iPad (or all technological objects for that matter) and the type of touch that goes into ripping a poster down from a subway wall. This tension is something I think of often, as I find technology to offer the most free and fresh form of expression, yet I also miss making stuff with my hands to the point where I get pleasure out of washing dishes now.. i know.. its sick.

Anyways, the piece is for sale for $1000 $850 if you want to buy it.

The Accidental Artist
ryder_ripps
There's this weird thing thats been happening to me.

The other day I was talking to a girl at a bar who went to RISD. I noticed she was wearing some Jamba Juice/Twilight snap bracelet thing. I asked her about it, she confirmed, it was in fact a Jamba Juice/Twilight snap bracelet. Naturally, I found this to be pretty funny. I commented, "I like the bracelet, its madd funny." Which was received by a blank stare and a salty, "What's funny about it?"



I was shocked by her response. Here was something that while it may not be the funniest thing in the world, it for sure isn't THAT serious. I proceeded to explain, "its funny because of its context, I assume you're not a Twilight superfan proudly expressing your culture through this snap bracelet.. are you?..." to which she said.. "no.. I just like the way it looks."

This "just like the way it looks" type of art appreciation applies to stuff like this,



I continued by explaining that as someone who calls themselves an artist having attended RISD, one can not simply "like the way it looks" without thinking about its context. More importantly, acknowledging that the recontextualization of this Twilight/Jamba Juice bracelet is in fact humorous. Humor being the basis for such a thing. The ability to see what is banal as something otherwise is rooted in privilege and class. For instance, you and your arty friends having a dinner party in Taco Bell is not the same as a redneck family having their weekly Wednesday outing at Taco Bell.



So why is it so bothersome to me that this unnamed girl didn't see the humor of her snap bracelet? Why do I find her viewpoint of "just liking the way it looks" deeply disturbing? Im not exactly sure.. but I think it has something to do with the fact that I appreciate honesty in art and don't appreciate pretention.



Humor provides a relatable framing to look at a deeper issue. The current flavor of fashion and art around me is embedded in appropriation of "low culture", disposable consumer culture, glorifying the mundane in pursuit of an honest expression/reflection of our times. Kitsch, is one word for it. The image above is from DISmagazine published sometime in 2011. You are looking at loafers inside of jellies. This is a funny image first and an art piece second. If it was an art piece first, it would be something more like this image,



which tackles consumerism and feminism through something one could definitely say "oh I like the way it looks" towards.. that is to say, a "graphic approach". DISmagazine, The Jogging, Zach Shipko, Jeff Baij, Rachel Lord, Jacob Broms Engblom and many other peers of mine, I would not say take a "graphic approach".. rather, they strive to create an image that is striking through humor, not through graphic irreverence.

OK, that was kinda a lot of writing to get to the part of this post that is the reason Brad Troemel is probably going to read it. I take issue with Brad's article, "The Accidental Audience" , published in The New Inquiry.

After four paragraphs you finally get some critical thought in the essay.. basically he comes out and explains that he's butt hurt that people save Tumblr posts to their computer, re-posting them to their own Tumblr as means of claiming ownership of an image and disenfranchising another Tumblr member of oh so coveted "notes"..

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He makes this distinction between "reblogging" a Tumblr post and "manually reposting" an image, arguing that the context is stripped from such an act, "These omissions and obfuscations of authorship create an increased likelihood that art images will be stripped of their status as art, allowing audiences to understand the work as something other than art. They become accidental art audiences."

LOL ok stop right there. Dude.. you are talking about an image of bacon in a hair straitening iron..



This reminds me of the Jamba Juice girl, only worse. Not only are you too stiff lipped to be able to enjoy an art image as humorous, you also are mad at anyone who finds it anything other than serious because they "dont get the art." Such rhetoric is dangerous, as it further polarizes "artists" from the rest of the world. A trait common in Brad's writing, as read in his article, Club Kids: The Social Life of Artists on Facebook, where he champions artists using Facebook as a social tool, as if it is anything more special than any 13 year old using it.

Don't get me wrong, I fucking love Aaron Graham's, HAIR STRAIGHTENER USED TO COOK INDIVIDUAL PIECE OF BACON. I love that it lampoons formalism in a relatable way.. with common objects. I love that it doesn't hold the image sacred, it wasn't taken with a 5D and Lowel lights.. it was probably just snapped with a camera phone. Point being.. there are PLENTY of interesting things that can be discussed about this image.. yet the entry point to discuss these things is humor.



Nick Demarco's Daydreamer Desk recently got a pretty good amount of attention, making its rounds amongst top news outlets. "Normal", non-artists, like the desk, they don't think about it "as art".. MSN earnestly reports, "Some might say that sleeping on the job is a bit too laid-back for most corproate environments, but at least you'll have a nice place to sleep once you're fired." is this a problem? No. Its not a problem. Its a good thing. Nick is a funny guy, I know he's a funny guy. Nick and I make jokes together. Is Nick "a joke"? Hell no. Nick is not a joke, hes a great artist. Nick is also a contributor of the Jogging.

So again, what's the problem with people taking their post-modern appropriations of low culture without humor? Why did I just write this long post? Well I think most importantly, it makes you come off as a pompous snob – taking from other cultures and refusing to let those same cultures consume your stolen bounty. The other problem with it is that its fucking boring. Just "liking the way something looks" does not require a $55,000 art education, nor does complaining about someone on Tumblr stealing your art image and "not getting it." Troemel finishes his essay on an especially gauche note saying, "The accidental audience’s scale and effectiveness in dissemination for democratic work proves this option is possible — just don’t tell anyone it’s art once the images get out there. For all I know, they might be something else at that point.".. to which I'll just say.. dude.. don't post on the internet, especially Tumblr, if you're such a stuck up sour person that you won't appreciate an audience who doesn't remind you of the art school kids you spend all day with.

Lighten up people, these times are really exciting and fun. A super serious demeanour does not make you an adult and is not a prerequisite for being intelligent.

-Ryder

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