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Close Look: Meghann Riepenhoff at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, GA

This is the second installment of Close Looka new weekly feature sharing images of a noteworthy exhibition currently on view in the South. Check back each Saturday for a new installment highlighting a different exhibition.


Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #800 (Lake Lanier, GA 08.25.17, Lapping Waves and Boat Current), 2017; dynamic cyanotype, 42 by 59 7/8 in. (All images courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta.)
Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #1054 (Tower Beach, Hilton Head, SC 05.02.18, Five Waves), 2017; dynamic cyanotype, 23 7/8 by 19 in.

Meghann Riepenhoff, an Atlanta native, creates dynamic camera-less cyanotypes by allowing her materials to organically interact with the forces of nature she manipulates. The elements that she employs in the process—waves, surface water, wind, and sediment —leave physical inscriptions through their direct contact with photographic paper. For “Imprint,” her first solo exhibition in the [South], Riepenhoff has  returned  to  the  region  to  make  prints  in  landscapes  where  she  spent  the  first  half  of  her  life  and  revisits regularly. Photographs  made  at  the  Chattahoochee  River  or  in  North  Georgia  Lakes are stained by Georgia Red Clay; rain  drops  from  summer  storms  mark  prints  from  Hilton  Head  Island’s  shoreline.  These  places  have  shaped  Riepenhoff’s  experience,  as  they  have  shaped  works  in  the  exhibition —according to Riepenhoff, “through questioning  our  complex  personal,  anthropogenic,  and  interdependent  relationships  with  our  environment.”

— From the exhibition text accompanying “Imprint”

Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #1051 (Tower Beach, Hilton Head, SC 05.02.18, Three Waves, Buried in Sand, Sea Squirt), 2017; dynamic cyanotype, 23 7/8 by 19 in.
Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #540 (Confluence of Chattahoochee River and Whitewater Creek, GA 06.13.17, Lapping and Splashing Currents), 2017; dynamic cyanotype, 18 15/16 by 23 13/16 in.
Meghann Riepenhoff, Ecotone #289 (Bainbridge Island, WA 03.01.18, Drizzle and Downpour), 2017; dynamic cyanotype, 59 5/8 by 38 in.
Meghann Riepenhoff, Littoral Drift #547 (Triptych, Atlanta, GA, 06.13.17, Confluence of Chattahoochee River and White Water Creek, Run Over by Dog), 2017.
Installation view of Meghann Riepenhof’s “Imprint” at Jackson Fine Art.
Installation view of works in Meghann Riepenhoff’s exhibition “Imprint” at Jackson Fine Art.

Meghann Riepenhoff’s solo exhibition “Imprint” is on view at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, GA, through December 22. 

Born in Atlanta, GA, Meghann Riepenhoff is an artist based in Bainbridge Island, WA, and San Francisco, CA. She received a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, where she is a part of the visiting faculty. Her photography has been exhibited internationally and nationally at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; Galerie du Monde, Hong Kong; Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN; University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Higher Pictures, New York; and elsewhere.

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