New York

Rodney Ripps

Rodney Ripps bunches cloth elm leaves into tight bundles, adds layers of thick paint to the approximately rectangular “face” of the bundle, and displays them with the “leaves” standing “on end” off the wall. Slight variations occur from piece to piece (I don’t know whether to call the things paintings or sculptures or painted sculptures or sculptural paintings) according to density and sequential layering of color (sometimes you can see through the paint to the cavernous spaces between the leaves, and sometimes you can’t see the leaves at all from the front).

Among the pieces, there is no real difference of overall color, because each piece has every possible hue and shade applied to it; the differences arise from the point at which a certain color was applied, and next to what other color, either behind or in front of it. A close inspection does not reveal a systematic attempt to differentiate

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