Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July Artist, Gabriella Ripley-Phipps - Five Easy Pieces

July 2010:  Five Easy Pieces:
Archiving Gabriella Ripley-Phipps

After you die, how will you be remembered?  If you were to create an archive, a historical record of your existence, what objects would you choose to be remembered by?  What five items would you start with in building your archive?

In 2009, Gabriella asked ten friends to answer these questions by selecting five objects they considered the most important or essential in communicating who they are.  The guests were invited to a dinner party, thrown by Gabriella, and the items were used in an interactive performance.

Now, Gabriella asks herself the same questions and chooses the first five items of her archive.  July 2010, the walls of SubRosa display a simple and incomplete record of Gabriella's life, in five easy pieces.   Through these items (Road Kill, Human Hair, Family Relics, Trash, Receipts, Ink Drawings), a complex existence is simplified while the viewer is invited to construct a comprehensible narrative.

SubRosa is honored to offer the work of Gabriella Ripley-Phipps.  Please join us for a show and opening reception:

Five Easy Pieces: 
Archiving Gabriella Ripley-Phipps
July 2nd - August 30th
Artist Reception Friday, July 2, 5-8pm
SubRosa: A Community Space, 703 Pacific at Spruce St

Our identities are tied to and mediated by the physical objects we keep around ourselves.  Objects are bought, worn, used, left on shelves, tacked on walls.  Each object says something about us: who we are/were, what we do, even who we want to be.  A part of our selves is placed into each object, but we do not get to choose how those parts are represented. Our objects hint about an exchange, a moment, or a relationship in the material world.  They evidence a certain time in our lives and point to who we were in that instant. And yet although our objects are entirely specific to each of us, they manage to live beyond us. They invite interpretation; they beg to be aligned cohesively within a narrative that is actually always incomplete. Our selves are created when others look upon our objects and imagine what we are like — our archives are merely guide-posts or suggestions, attempts at self expression in good faith.

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