tom moody January 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm

You made your views known on an earlier project of Ripps’. The Postmasters show hasn’t opened yet and you’ve dissed it twice now, on Artnet and here. Whatever happened to looking at artwork first, then reviewing it? I realize you have to keep up with the news cycle — in this case it appears to be running its course 10 days ahead of the show’s opening. Is anticipatory criticism valid now? (Joe McKay had a website ten years ago called PreReview, where he reviewed movies before they came out. It was intended as a joke.)

Paddy Johnson January 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

I actually think we’ve shown enormous restraint when it comes to the subject of Ryder Ripps. Between his deleted tweet (http://artfcity.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/10365983_1374755972830561_3949643965677994432_n.jpg) and the promo website (http://rr-ho-presi.tumblr.com/), there’s a lot to complain about. It looks like he’s actively trolling for pre-press—and I have a suspicion some of that will end up in the show some how. It’s been pretty hard to stay silent and we haven’t entirely managed that, but all things considered, we haven’t done that badly. He doesn’t deserve the attention.

tom moody January 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

The deleted tweet refers to the previous project, and the promo website for On Ho is just that, a promo website, not a show. AFC and Rhizome, after having pumped Ripps up to major artist status the past few years, fell all over yourselves backpedaling when he did something you didn’t like. This repudiation of your own judgment now extends to pre-reviewing shows that haven’t happened. The level of vituperation is proportional to your preceding adoration of this artist.

Paddy Johnson January 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Honestly, I don’t understand the idea that because you once supported an artist’s work you have to always support it. What should happen is that whenever you get new information, you add it to what you know, and re-evaluate based on all the information you have.

Nobody has reviewed the show. In fact, the link above simply signals our intent not to review it. Unless this show does something entirely different than what it promises, I don’t see why we should change our minds about that.

tom moody January 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm

It could be clearer that you don’t intend to review the show and that the negative comments you’ve made about it here and in artnet are based on your impressions of the pre-show promotion. The pledge “I won’t review it” seems extreme based on one project you didn’t like.

Paddy Johnson January 12, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Well, we can always re-evaluate when the time comes. But based on the information I have now, I’m not interested in the show.

Carolina A. Miranda January 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Whoa, thanks for the props. It’s all the Cali burritos. They keep me operating at full throttle. 🙂

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