December 16, 2010 - January 28, 2011
Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 16, to mark the opening of Ameriscape, an exhibit of recent photographs and Giclée prints by Eric Rippert. The exhibit, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will open on December 16, and continue through January 28, 2011 in the Bogigian Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Lortz Hall.
On display will be ten black and white analog photographs made during his residency at Wilson College this past summer, as a participant in Wilson’s annual Artist-in-Residency Program. Rippert worked with four other artists who came from New York, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and Ann Arbor, MI. While in residency, the artists focused on art making, met and critiqued with Wilson students, discussed each other’s work, exhibited in Bogigian Gallery and gave public tours of their studios. Unfortunately, Rippert’s work was not quite exhibition ready during the summer, so we now have the opportunity to see the labors of his time at Wilson with this exhibit along with a few new Giclée prints of work produced in Cleveland.
Rippert’s work addresses nostalgia, questions the relationship between the seer and the seen, and asks the viewer to consider the presumption that photography coldly records reality. He intentional references cinema, popular culture and the sublime.
Mr. Rippert has been exhibiting his artwork from Prague to San Jose ever since he graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland featured his solo exhibition Eric Rippert: Midwest Tableaux and curator Catherine Evans of the Columbus Museum of Art selected Rippert for the exhibition The View From Here: Recent Pictures from Central Europe and the American Midwest that traveled to seven cities from Minneapolis to Budapest.
Rippert has studied with world-renowned artists and theorists at the Vermont College of Fine Arts where his interests in Photography, Digital Video, and Time-Based Media earned him a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art. His artwork is exhibited internationally, represented by Red Dot Project, and included in numerous private, institutional, and museum collections including Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and Progressive Art Collection. For years, Eric practiced fashion and commercial photography in New York City before relocating to the Midwest where he has taught photography at University of Akron, Oberlin College, and Baldwin-Wallace College. Today Eric teaches digital art & design at Cleveland Institute of Art part time and continues his photographic explorations in analogue & digital media.