RipOff Artists to be challenged this July


The RipOff Artists return for another summer of crazy, thieving creativity! This time out, the collective of Oliver artists from a variety of visual media are trying their hand at recreating the work of Wassily Kadinsky (1885 – 1944), a Russian painter and art theorist who is credited with creating the first truly abstract art. Marking its 100th anniversary, the RipOffs will be re-imagining his piece, “Garden of Love”, which was exhibited at the 1913 Armory Show, the International Exhibition of Modern Art in New York City. Each RipOff artist is challenged to apply the themes and styles of the artwork in their own medium, whether digital photography, weaving, multi-media collage, quilting, woodworking, encaustic art, three-dimensional found object art, and more!

Garden of Love

Kandinsky’s paintings from his mature period are large, expressive coloured masses with shapes and lines overlapping freely to form paintings of extraordinary force. Because music is also abstract, Kadinsky used musical terms to identify some of his works. The spontaneously created “Garden of Love” is also known as Improvisation 27 More elaborate works are described as “compositions.”

Opening Reception:
Monday July 8 
6 – 8 pm
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
5840 Airport Street
Challenge Week:
Tuesday July 9 – Saturday July 13
9 am – 3 pm daily
Quail’s Nest Arts Centre
5840 Airport Street

Be sure to drop by several times during the week to watch the creativity fly and the works progress. Saturday July 13 close to 3 pm is the gripping conclusion to a frantic week of artistic activity. Will they finish in time? Will they meet their own challenge? Check out the final results!

More about the RipOff Artists’ Challenge and Kadinsky will appear as the date for the Challenge nears. Stay tuned!