John Riepenhoff was born and raised in Milwaukee, where he continues to work, teach, and run The Green Gallery. Over the last few years, the artist has merged his role as artist and gallerist through projects such as the miniature exhibition The John Riepenhoff Experience and Handler, a series that pays homage to the invisible labor in the art world and consists of a pair of paper mache legs and hands modeled after his own used to support and display work by other artists. Both projects were recently included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. For his Plein Air series, Riepenhoff often presents a spin on the long history of outdoors painting by forcing on his own process a conceptual constraint, such painting in the dark. This painting in particular depicts a San Juan cityscape and was made at night on a rooftop in Puerto Rico this past June. It was presented by Marlborough Contemporary at the MECA Art Fair.
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Signature: Signed and dated verso
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Contemporary, New York, London
Marlborough Contemporary, New York
About John Riepenhoff
A co-founder of Milwaukee’s Green Gallery, John Riepenhoff creates sculpture and painting that expresses the artist’s interest in building connections, both with art historical precedents, and with a community of artists across the United States and around the world. “I try to ask questions about where value in art comes from and try to make the art function for the people involved in that system,” he says. Riepenhoff’s work often includes elements of humor, as in his collaborative pop-up comedy club, Club Nutz, with Scott and Tyson Reeder. He also pays homage to other artists, creating renditions of their work or recreating his own, in order to raise questions about the influence of community and collaboration on the work of an artist.
American, b. 1982