Ryder Ripps

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Ryder Ripps
Born (1986-07-07) July 7, 1986 (age 32)[1]
EducationEugene Lang/New School, New York City, New York[1] (Bachelor of Arts)
Known forECD at OKFocus
Notable work
Internet Archeology
StyleConceptual art
Digital art

Ryder Ripps (born July 7, 1986)[1] is a conceptual artist[2] living in New York City. He is the creative director of OKFocus, a digital marketing and design agency.[3] Ripps received a BA from The New School. He is an alumnus of City As School, class of 2004.[4]

Life and work[edit]

Ripps' was born in New York to designer Helene Verin and painter Rodney Ripps. He graduated from a New Media program at The New School in 2008.[5][6]

In 2013, Ripps created the branding for Soylent, an open source meal replacement drink.[7] He is also a music producer with recent credits on Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.[8]

Ripps' work has been included in many group shows at venues such as MoMA PS1, Eyebeam, Carroll/Fletcher, and the Royal College of Art. He has lectured at Rhizome, ForYourArt and Sotheby's. Ripps is the creator of several websites, including Internet Archeology,[9] Dump.fm,[10] and VFiles.[6]

Ripps' first solo exhibition took place in January 2015 at Postmasters Gallery in New York City, titled "HO".[11] It featured large-scale oil painted portraits derived from the Instagram account of model Adrianne Ho.[12] "Rips transformed self-portraits she posted online into expressive, highly distorted pictures.[11]

Ripps had a solo exhibition at Red Bull Studios[13] in February 2015.

In May 2017, Ripps premiered an installation during the Venice Biennale titled "Become a Slave" featuring two interactive works.[14] The first exhibit was VRR (Virtual Reality Reality), a full-body virtual reality experience where participants work a virtual assembly line packing the very VR headset components they're using as they work the virtual assembly line. [15] The second exhibit, Voice of God, was a phonic installation mixing comments on a wide array of social media posts with Allegri’s Miserere, a choral work written for the Sistine Chapel. Voice of God freezes a social media post on an actual iPhone screen while the comments from the post sonically surround the viewer. [16]


A number of Ripps' projects have been the subject of public controversy, notably "Art Whore"[17][18][19] and "Ho."[20][21][22]


  1. ^ a b c "Ripps bio" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ Chen, Adrian (July 8, 2014). "Ryder Ripps: An Artist of the Internet". New York Times. p. E6. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Ryder Ripps". The work of Ryder Ripps.... or whatever.
  4. ^ "Ryder Ripps: "Alone Together", Solo Exhibition at Red Bull Studios, New York (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. June 15, 2015. p. E6. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Ryder Ripps" (PDF). ryder-ripps.com. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Ryder Ripps: An Artist of the Internet". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Soylent". www.thedieline.com. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz Credits".
  9. ^ "Internet Archaeology: Behold the Most Hilarious Abandoned Websites". WIRED.
  10. ^ "Rhizome - Introducing: dump.fm". rhizome.org.
  11. ^ a b "RYDER RIPPS". postmastersart.com.
  12. ^ Freeman, Nate. "The Trial of Ryder Ripps: An Embattled Artist on Haters, Angry Muses, and Threats". Observer.
  13. ^ "Ryder Ripps - Alone together".
  14. ^ "Zuecca Projects and The Ryan Foundation present DIVENTARE SCHIAVO". Zuecca Project Space.
  15. ^ Barnes, Freire (9 June 2017). "Things Get Interactive at This year's Venice Biennale". The Culture Trip.
  16. ^ Dakinah, Keven (17 May 2017). "Ryder Ripps Turns Instagram into Virtual Reality". iD Vice.
  17. ^ Dazed (2014-11-12). "Ryder Ripps' 'ART WHORE' stirs controversy in art world". Dazed. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  18. ^ "Consent Is Sexy: In Defense of Ryder Ripps's Controversial 'Art Whore'". Vice. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  19. ^ "50 Shades of Art Whoredom". Hyperallergic. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  20. ^ "The Trial of Ryder Ripps: An Embattled Artist on Haters, Angry Muses, and Threats". Observer. 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  21. ^ Song, Sandra. "Petty Man Builds Art Career By Shitting on Fitness Star Adrianne Ho". The Muse. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  22. ^ "RYDER RIPPS Ho". brooklynrail.org. Retrieved 2017-10-10.