Pete Ippel Selected As 2014 Recipient of the City of Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist



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Please join Mayor Cheryl Heitmann as the City of Ventura celebrates its vibrant arts community at the tenth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards reception honoring the 2014 recipients.

The reception is being held on the 5th of November from 7-9pm at the Museum of Ventura County.

100 E. Main Street
Ventura CA 93001

2014 Award Recipients

Miriam Chase Willie – Arts Patron
Dabbie Golden – Arts Leader
Helle Sharling-Todd – Artist in the Community
Miriam Arichea – Arts Educator
Pete Ippel – Emerging Artist

How To Build A Rocket Pack In Five Minutes Or Fewer: John White Hosts New Art By Pete Ippel



Breaking news, one night only: “How To Build A Rocket Pack In Five Minutes Or Fewer” New art by Pete Ippel to be presented during John White’s curated 5x5x5 performance evening. The event will be hosted by Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, California. The show begins promptly at 8pm on Friday, March 2nd 2012. Come on by for a unique contemporary art experience.


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Step Through Cinema With Stefania Rota’s Cinezoïque



A linear narrative through time propelled by the vision of other cinematographers captured moment by moment, conceived and edited by Italian artist Stefania Rota.

With a simple and elegant gesture Rota’s Cinezoïque presents humans, regardless of age, gender, or context, moving forward.

To enjoy more of Stefania’s art visit her homepage Minimal Baroque, view her other videos, and blogs where she curates The Nomad’s Way and Cronosphere.

She is also on Facebook.

How To Create Photograms In The Darkroom Or Outside In The Sun



I have been traveling through my portfolio and documenting my work, here’s how to create images similar to this feather. I highly recommend trying alternative photography processes.

Feather Photogram by Pete Ippel

Feather Photogram 4 x 6 inches hand brushed silver gelatin on paper by Pete Ippel


Substrate: I used cold press acid-free watercolor paper
Chemistry: Liquid Light http://www.rockaloid.com/products.html

For the meticulous folk with professional darkroom access

  • Coat the paper with Liquid Light in a dark room using a nylon brush, they’re easier to clean.
  • Let the paper dry completely.
  • Place the object on the paper
  • Expose to a light with appropriate time (check the Liquid Light box for details)
  • Develop using standard developer and fixer baths.

If you’re feeling frisky and want to put some of the process to chance:

  • Coat the paper in the pitch black at home
  • Let it dry
  • Place paper in an opaque bag with the object sitting on the paper and walk outside
  • Pull the paper with the object on top out of the bag and place it in the sun. Count a few seconds, and go develop it according to the instructions on the bottle.

If you get a black piece of paper with no image, shorten the time in the sun ;-)
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Photographic Insight Into The Hypermodern Studio 2002



I was finishing up my thesis at Cornell University and taking double loads of classes in art and cognitive psychology in addition to Spanish. Note the lightsaber, Motorola v200 (Awesome for texting, but the speaker broke 3 times and I swapped out for Nokia 3660 the first camera phone in the US) and various cords and a gigantor thermal wax printer (which I still own).

Enjoy the ten-year Wayback Machine, with a surprise popup of Pete Ippel 2002…and yes all the images were shot with a Sony Mavica 640×480 px and written to a 3.5″ floppy disk.

So this is where the magic happened…lots of Mt. Dew Code Red, sleeping under my desk with a blanket and the computer fan blowing hot air on me to stay warm…then waking up to go to drawing class at 9am, grabbing a strawberry Pop-Tart on the way…

Thank you goes to all my friends and collaborators who provided wonderful support and helped me finish my Thesis “Priorities” on time.

Pete Ippel "Blue Room" Studio - The birthplace of Hypermodern Art, Cornell University

Pete Ippel "Blue Room" Studio - The birthplace of Hypermodern Art, Cornell University

2 Lightsabers, Lappy, CAT5 cable, Motorola v200, and a Spanish Book...Typical

2 Lightsabers, Lappy, CAT5 cable, and a Spanish Book...Typical Studio Equipent

Pete Ippel in "Blue Room" studio 2002, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Pete Ippel in "Blue Room" studio 2002, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Tectronix 300i Thermal Wax Printer, Macintosh, 2 servers, and a IBM Pentium 95

Tectronix 300i Thermal Wax Printer, Macintosh, 2 servers, and a IBM Pentium 95, and the first computer I ever owned: the Compaq 1535 DM

2002, running Windows 98, this was right before I first installed Redhat Linux...

2002, running Windows 98, this was right before I first installed Redhat Linux...

Visiting The Museum Of Jurassic Technology



I read Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology while enrolled in the San Francisco Art Institute New Genres Masters Program back in 2003, and today I finally had the opportunity to check out MJT in person. I particularly enjoyed the motorized rotating bell wheel installed on the first floor. Take a listen: Ambient Sound From the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, California

Tea garden on the roof of The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, California

Tea garden on the roof of The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, California


I also enjoyed sipping on hot tea with lemon and sugar while contemplating the view from the roof. The babbling fountain and the bird cages integrated into the columbarium are very appropriate touches.

I highly recommend checking out this hidden bastion of conceptual art especially if you appreciate detail, like reading, have an active imagination and a penchant for steam-punkery, even before it was cool. For more information contact The Museum of Jurassic Technology.