R.I.P. presents Greta Rybus
We believe we come from nature and when we die we return to nature, India, 2018
On view in the Maine Mall Food Court
August 1 - August 31, 2019
R.I.P is pleased to present a photograph by Maine artist, Greta Rybus during the month of August in the Maine Mall food court. The image on display is part of a collaboration with Kamalan Travels for Lodestars Anthology.
Greta Rybus is a full-time freelance photojournalist specializing in editorial portraiture, travel and documentary photography. She is currently based in Portland, Maine where she lives with her sweetheart and her scruffy sidekick, a dog named Murray.
Born in Boise, Idaho, Greta studied Photojournalism and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Montana. Her first book, Handcrafted Maine, about people in Maine working with art land, and sea, is now in bookstores. She has a goal to spend one month of every year living and photographing in a new place and is currently working on an ongoing project exploring how climate change impacts individuals and communities. Thus far, she has worked on the project in Senegal, Panama, Norway, and Idaho. She has lived in Japan, the Netherlands, the San Juan Islands, Montana, Seattle, the Sawtooth Mountains, and Berlin, Germany.
Follow Greta on Instagram - @gretarybus
On Thursday, August 15, John Sundling's installation at Highland Memorial Cemetery was tampered with and moved from its original location. Because of this and in accordance with the artist's wishes, we have decided to remove the work from being on view. Here's John's statement:
“Today I decided that it was time to consign this sculptural installation to the ash bin a number of days early. This morning the piece was partially dismantled and moved by the grounds crew to be used for a memorial service at the cemetery. As a professional florist I do understand why people thought this was the right move (it was covered in white flowers after all), but I wasn't creating this as a memorial in a traditional sense and don't see the move as respectful to my work or the grieving family having this thrust upon them. Though in some ways I see this reuse as in-line with the life cycle of the piece, ultimately it no longer reflects my thoughts and goals for this project in its current state.”
RIP is pleased to present a series of botanically-based sculptural installations by John Sundling. Join us at our grave site in Highland Memorial Cemetery for a reception and talk with the artist. We will convene at the gazebo at 6:00pm Tuesday, August 13th.
John's work explores the intersection of floriography, ritual, death, and environmentalism. The pieces will be allowed to droop & decay over the week, dying for its audience and constantly changing as it begins to turn back into dirt.
"Flowers and Death are intrinsically linked. We kill flowers because they are so beautiful yet keep them artificially alive afterwards. These living dead things are then asked to communicate unspeakable emotions for us, often as a the deceased lays nearby. The body and the flowers are both pumped full of preservatives and kept in controlled environments to help create the illusion of life while decay sets in. Neither are alive nor quite gone yet, existing in a place between realms. The return to ashes and dust delayed by formaldehyde, acid, and bleach."
John Sundling is an artist, designer & builder living in Portland, Maine. He runs Plant Office, a houseplant store and design studio that specializes in flowers and live events. He also dabbles in public art, theatrical design, and installations. His work has recently taken him to Alaska, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Ireland, and across the great state of Maine.
Follow John on Instagram - @plant.office