Ron Pippin: Vintage books with found objects and mixed media.

Ron Pippin has become an inspiration artist for me. I have seen his work in person, and am in awe of it.
His work is reminiscent of another artist I’ve felt deep connection with… photographer Joel-Peter Witkin.
“In darkness and degradation, in abjection and ruin lies the source of a new vitality. The pure springs from the impure; to find the light on must immerse oneself in darkness.” (Germano Celant, “Joel-Peter Witkin: Photography between Flesh and Spirit,” in (Zurich: Scab, 1995).

Floor Lamp Six Caged Lights, circa 1920-1930

Unusual floor lamp with six caged work lights, all attached by chemistry flask clamp holders, cast iron stand. America, circa 1920-1930

Candy holder from Belgium, Circa 1920-1930

Candy holder from Belgium with shelves original red painted surface with the words: “Everybody Loves Candy” Belgium, Circa 1920-1930

Chemistry Beaker Set, circa 1920-1930

Chemistry beaker set with two stands connected with steel rod, American circa 1920-1930

Calligrapher’s Work Desk, circa 1900-1910

Calligrapher’s work desk, simple form original painted surface France circa 1900-1910

Mineral Bath Chair, circa 1910-1920

Bath chair, used at mineral springs in England to move patrons from service to mineral baths, circa 1910-1920

Cat Cabinet Display

Cat Cabinet Display cabinet with taxidermy wood cat form, mixed media. 2008 by Ron Pippin.

It is What it is…

Saffie: “I didn’t know you still had the shop.” Eddie: “Oh, still got it, darling, but it’s not doing very well. The supply’s dropped off. You know… India’s: had it, been there… Africa’s dried up completely now… It’s ridiculous… Thank God for Grozny. Honestly. Well, darling, if it wasn’t for that lovely little Russian army advancing, thrashing out all those gorgeous little heirlooms in my direction, I don’t know what I’d do… Oh, you should see, darling, in the shop I’ve got at the moment this fabulous little samovar with a little old woman still attached to it, sweetie. Clinging on for dear life. Having to lure her off with dry bread crumbs so that I could get a decent price… ”
Ab-Fab

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