Friday, January 25, 2013

Probing Collective Memory: Gregory Ruppe

See Gregory Ruppe’s Residency artist video profile here.

Gregory Ruppe

Background: The Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition welcomes the public until February 16, 2013 at the new Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council’s Hardesty Arts Center. Ruppe's residency project remains on display throughout the exhibition. 

Residency Project Statement: 
Things will never be the same
Commonplace among households, the piano occupies a space of both reverence and burden. It is simultaneously cherished and unwanted. Its historical presence is bound to a collective memory that resists our willingness to discard it, though its typical inactivity reduces the object to an impractical piece of furniture inhabiting dead space. Using the piano as metaphor for greater social constructs, Things will never be the same takes an indeterminate position to question our nostalgia for the past, our relationship with the present, and the potential of activation when relinquishing control to the unknown.

Born in Houston, Texas, Gregory Ruppe received an MFA in Sculpture from Texas Christian University in 2012. He utilizes a broad range of mediums including castings, drawings, video, and sound to create installations and project-based works. He has exhibited regionally and internationally, most recently at Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas) and Hiroshima Art Center (Japan). Ruppe is also a founding member of HOMECOMING!, an experimental art collective based in Fort Worth, where he currently lives and works. 

Read more in this previous post about Ruppe’s residency. 

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