GALLERY
CURRENT
 
REX WEIL
Ripography: Works with paper
MARCH 23 - APRIL 29

Opening Reception: Friday, March 23, 7-9 pm
Artists Talk: Sunday, April 29, 5 - 6 PM
 

Perhaps better known for bricolage sculpture and constructed paintings, Rex Weil has always worked with paper as support and medium. Ripography is Weil’s name for the process of making new images by ripping up existing ones. His sources are the gratuitous reminders of the pleasures of success that drift daily through the mail slot: luxury store catalogs, realtors’ brochures, home renovation magazines and the like.

Recalling Barthes’ Mythology, Weil uses intuition, analysis and mordant humor to illuminate the discourse of repression, desire, exploitation and frustration percolating just below the surface of commercial photography. For the artist, each shred of imagery is tantamount to an isolated bit of DNA from which the complete texture of our social and economic relationships can be surmised.

While the exhibition includes traditional collage on paper, other works push formal boundaries by eliminating the traditional rectangle in favor of irregular ovals, by attaching shreds of paper directly to the wall, and by adding commonplace craft techniques into the mix.

 
 
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