Reception | Meghann Riepenhoff's Littoral Drift

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Reception | Meghann Riepenhoff's Littoral Drift says
Memphis College of Art will present Littoral Drift, an exhibition of works by internationally recognized photographic artist Meghann Riepenhoff, Feb. 26–March 26 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, March 18 from 6–8 p.m.

Littoral Drift features a collection of large-scale cyanotypes created on nontraditional media without the use of a camera. Using the beach as her studio, Riepenhoff creates the images by allowing natural elements to interact with photographic materials. Riepenhoff submerses cloth coated with a photo-reactive substance into the surf, and allows the waves, wind, sunlight and sediment to leave physical inscriptions on the material. “Photochemically, the pieces are never wholly processed,” said Riepenhoff, “they will continue to slowly respond to changing environments that they encounter over time, and potentially self-destruct.” As a secondary part of the process, Riepenhoff also photographs moments in time during the creation of the cyanotypes, generating a series of static records of this transitory process. “The fugitive cyanotypes are analogies for a fleeting and beautiful existence, and photographing them is a metaphor for the mediation of photography into contemporary human experience,” said Riepenhoff.

Riepenhoff earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. in 2003, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. She currently works at the San Francisco Art Institute as a member of the visiting faculty. Her work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, the Seattle Times and B&W and Color. She has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including Imaging Now: Collected Visions at Memphis College of Art in 2015, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and El Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Ecuador. Riepenhoff is the recipient of the first place award in the Camera Club of New York’s 2014 Annual Juried Competition, and was selected as a Top 50 Photographer by Critical Mass.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday noon–4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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Photo: Meghann Riepenhoff, “Littoral Drift #296” (detail), cyanotype triptych, 24” x 57”, 2015
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By: Memphis College of Art

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