Yesterday I drove to Green Bay to view the exhibit “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger”, curated by Stephen Perkins and currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The centerpiece of this show is a 600 foot long scroll that Rininger worked on for a year. The scroll, which must be cranked across a very long table by two people, is filled with stunning color and black and white image transfers as well as spray paint stencils - many dealing with Rininger’s biography, hospitalization and mortality. Yesterday Stephen and I viewed about a hundred feet of it, and the piece is amazing. It’s also impossible to photograph in any normal sort of way but I took a few details. Here is one. Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

Yesterday I drove to Green Bay to view the exhibit “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger”, curated by Stephen Perkins and currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The centerpiece of this show is a 600 foot long scroll that Rininger worked on for a year. The scroll, which must be cranked across a very long table by two people, is filled with stunning color and black and white image transfers as well as spray paint stencils - many dealing with Rininger’s biography, hospitalization and mortality. Yesterday Stephen and I viewed about a hundred feet of it, and the piece is amazing. It’s also impossible to photograph in any normal sort of way but I took a few details. Here is one.

Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

Yesterday I drove to Green Bay to view the exhibit “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger”, curated by Stephen Perkins and currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The centerpiece of this show is a 600 foot long scroll that Rininger worked on for a year. The scroll, which must be cranked across a very long table by two people, is filled with stunning color and black and white image transfers as well as spray paint stencils - many dealing with Rininger’s biography, hospitalization and mortality. Yesterday Stephen and I viewed about a hundred feet of it, and the piece is amazing. It’s also impossible to photograph in any normal sort of way but I took a few details. Here is one. Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

Yesterday I drove to Green Bay to view the exhibit “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger”, curated by Stephen Perkins and currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The centerpiece of this show is a 600 foot long scroll that Rininger worked on for a year. The scroll, which must be cranked across a very long table by two people, is filled with stunning color and black and white image transfers as well as spray paint stencils - many dealing with Rininger’s biography, hospitalization and mortality. Yesterday Stephen and I viewed about a hundred feet of it, and the piece is amazing. It’s also impossible to photograph in any normal sort of way but I took a few details. Here is one.

Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

Yesterday I drove to Green Bay to view the exhibit “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger”, curated by Stephen Perkins and currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The centerpiece of this show is a 600 foot long scroll that Rininger worked on for a year. The scroll, which must be cranked across a very long table by two people, is filled with stunning color and black and white image transfers as well as spray paint stencils - many dealing with Rininger’s biography, hospitalization and mortality. Yesterday Stephen and I viewed about a hundred feet of it, and the piece is amazing. It’s also impossible to photograph in any normal sort of way but I took a few details. Here is one. Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

Yesterday I drove to Green Bay to view the exhibit “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger”, curated by Stephen Perkins and currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The centerpiece of this show is a 600 foot long scroll that Rininger worked on for a year. The scroll, which must be cranked across a very long table by two people, is filled with stunning color and black and white image transfers as well as spray paint stencils - many dealing with Rininger’s biography, hospitalization and mortality. Yesterday Stephen and I viewed about a hundred feet of it, and the piece is amazing. It’s also impossible to photograph in any normal sort of way but I took a few details. Here is one.

Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

The exhibition guide/essay for “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger” by Stephen Perkins from a show currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I’m driving up to see this exhibit tomorrow and am excited for this very rare opportunity to view a full presentation of Rininger’s work. Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

The exhibition guide/essay for “The Heart is Mostly Made of Water: John Rininger” by Stephen Perkins from a show currently on view at Lawton Gallery at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I’m driving up to see this exhibit tomorrow and am excited for this very rare opportunity to view a full presentation of Rininger’s work. Public Collectors loaned a collection of 179 pieces of ephemera that once belonged to John Rininger for this show. You can see complete scans of that material here.

A 1985 flyer for a show with Faith No More and Housecoat Project at Graffiti in San Francisco, from the  collection of Stephen Perkins in De Pere, Wisconsin. Stephen  lived in San  Francisco   between 1980 and 1990 and he collected tons of  flyers off  the street   during his time in the Bay Area. You  can  see  some of  Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

A 1985 flyer for a show with Faith No More and Housecoat Project at Graffiti in San Francisco, from the collection of Stephen Perkins in De Pere, Wisconsin. Stephen lived in San Francisco between 1980 and 1990 and he collected tons of flyers off the street during his time in the Bay Area. You can see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

While digging through Stephen Perkins’ flyer and poster collections I discovered a mini-collection of materials from Philadelphia that a colleague in that city had saved for him. Among these posters were flyers for some small club shows that I attended when I was a mere teenager in the late 1980s. Here is an oversize flyer for a Gwar, Tad and Serial Killers show that I saw at Revival in Philly (now the bar/eatery National Mechanics). What a total mess that gig was - fake blood, sweat and carnage everywhere in a club that only held about 200 people. You  can  see some of Stephen’s other collections  on Public Collectors here.

While digging through Stephen Perkins’ flyer and poster collections I discovered a mini-collection of materials from Philadelphia that a colleague in that city had saved for him. Among these posters were flyers for some small club shows that I attended when I was a mere teenager in the late 1980s. Here is an oversize flyer for a Gwar, Tad and Serial Killers show that I saw at Revival in Philly (now the bar/eatery National Mechanics). What a total mess that gig was - fake blood, sweat and carnage everywhere in a club that only held about 200 people. You can see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

A 1985 anti-McDonalds flyer from the collection of Stephen Perkins in De Pere, Wisconsin. Stephen lived in San Francisco   between 1980 and 1990 and he collected tons of flyers off the street   during his time in the Bay Area. You  can  see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

A 1985 anti-McDonalds flyer from the collection of Stephen Perkins in De Pere, Wisconsin. Stephen lived in San Francisco between 1980 and 1990 and he collected tons of flyers off the street during his time in the Bay Area. You can see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

A John Hinkley poster collected off the street in San Francisco in the 1980s, from the collection of Stephen Perkins. You can  see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

A John Hinkley poster collected off the street in San Francisco in the 1980s, from the collection of Stephen Perkins. You can see some of Stephen’s other collections on Public Collectors here.

Hypermedia Magazine by the Tape Beatles, no. 14, January 1991, Iowa City, Iowa. Thanks to Stephen Perkins who gave me this copy years ago.

Hypermedia Magazine by the Tape Beatles, no. 14, January 1991, Iowa City, Iowa. Thanks to Stephen Perkins who gave me this copy years ago.

Photos, Postcards and Ephemera From the Home of John Rininger, Chicago, IL
In the middle of November, 2006 artist John Rininger was found in his apartment - dead at the age of 45.
I only had the good fortune of meeting John a couple times. On our second meeting we spoke for several hours. His interests were far-reaching and he was a rapid-fire conversationalist. He had so much to offer and I’m grateful I got to experience his intellect, generosity and kindness, if only twice.
The second and last time I saw John was in around 2001. He was in a period of great personal turmoil.
A friend of mine called me at my job and said: “This guy who lives next door is throwing away a ton of books and papers and you really need to come up here and see this stuff because I think a lot of it would interest you.” I went straight from work.
The stuff in the alley turned out to belong to John Rininger. He was leaving everything behind except for a giant scroll that was his great creative obsession and a prized stamp-perforating machine that he asked my friend to hold for him.
While looking through his stuff, John came out and I realized I met him several years before. He invited me up to his apartment. The place was in a horrifying state. He told me to take whatever else I wanted. Some of the things I took kind of reeked of cat piss. John planned to leave the apartment unlocked for his friends to come over and take anything they liked. He asked me hopefully: “Do you think I will get my security deposit back?” I couldn’t bear to tell the truth. “Oh, I think you’ll get most of it.”
In addition to a few old ‘zines and comics, I took a small box of postcards, found photos, personal ephemera, and photos John had taken including some that appeared to be documentation of art projects.
That was the last time I saw John. I think we exchanged mailings once after this - I have some artist stamps he mailed me - but that was all.
While doing some much needed cleaning in my own apartment, I rediscovered the box of John’s things that I saved. I looked through it for the first time since his death and was struck all over again by the compelling array of images and interests.
The collection consists of 180 items. I have scanned only the fronts of postcards, photos and papers. Objects that were obtained in plastic sleeves were scanned in their plastic sleeves. People who knew John will recognize him in some of the photos. The photos are presented in no particular order.
It will quickly become apparent that John had a curiosity about some very dark material, including no shortage of images about Nazi Germany. Though some of these things are not what I’d normally rush to archive, this project felt like an ‘all or nothing’ endeavor and I have included everything, unedited. I can find no discernible ideology at work in John’s world except for an embrace of serendipity, chaos, and decay.
If you would like to view these objects in person or need to use any of these materials for an exhibition, book or project on the work of John Rininger, please contact me.
The entire collection can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27193825@N00/sets/72157622974180059/
Marc Fischer: marc [at] publiccollectors [dot] org. December, 2009
Examples of John Rininger’s work: A PDF of a publication with a helpful introduction by Stephen Perkins: http://xexoxial.org/is/xerolage39/by/john_rininger
 A low resolution video of John’s scroll: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6909088772155271382

Photos, Postcards and Ephemera From the Home of John Rininger, Chicago, IL

In the middle of November, 2006 artist John Rininger was found in his apartment - dead at the age of 45.

I only had the good fortune of meeting John a couple times. On our second meeting we spoke for several hours. His interests were far-reaching and he was a rapid-fire conversationalist. He had so much to offer and I’m grateful I got to experience his intellect, generosity and kindness, if only twice.

The second and last time I saw John was in around 2001. He was in a period of great personal turmoil.

A friend of mine called me at my job and said: “This guy who lives next door is throwing away a ton of books and papers and you really need to come up here and see this stuff because I think a lot of it would interest you.” I went straight from work.

The stuff in the alley turned out to belong to John Rininger. He was leaving everything behind except for a giant scroll that was his great creative obsession and a prized stamp-perforating machine that he asked my friend to hold for him.

While looking through his stuff, John came out and I realized I met him several years before. He invited me up to his apartment. The place was in a horrifying state. He told me to take whatever else I wanted. Some of the things I took kind of reeked of cat piss. John planned to leave the apartment unlocked for his friends to come over and take anything they liked. He asked me hopefully: “Do you think I will get my security deposit back?” I couldn’t bear to tell the truth. “Oh, I think you’ll get most of it.”

In addition to a few old ‘zines and comics, I took a small box of postcards, found photos, personal ephemera, and photos John had taken including some that appeared to be documentation of art projects.

That was the last time I saw John. I think we exchanged mailings once after this - I have some artist stamps he mailed me - but that was all.

While doing some much needed cleaning in my own apartment, I rediscovered the box of John’s things that I saved. I looked through it for the first time since his death and was struck all over again by the compelling array of images and interests.

The collection consists of 180 items. I have scanned only the fronts of postcards, photos and papers. Objects that were obtained in plastic sleeves were scanned in their plastic sleeves. People who knew John will recognize him in some of the photos. The photos are presented in no particular order.

It will quickly become apparent that John had a curiosity about some very dark material, including no shortage of images about Nazi Germany. Though some of these things are not what I’d normally rush to archive, this project felt like an ‘all or nothing’ endeavor and I have included everything, unedited. I can find no discernible ideology at work in John’s world except for an embrace of serendipity, chaos, and decay.

If you would like to view these objects in person or need to use any of these materials for an exhibition, book or project on the work of John Rininger, please contact me.

The entire collection can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/27193825@N00/sets/72157622974180059/

Marc Fischer: marc [at] publiccollectors [dot] org.
December, 2009

Examples of John Rininger’s work:
A PDF of a publication with a helpful introduction by Stephen Perkins: http://xexoxial.org/is/xerolage39/by/john_rininger


A low resolution video of John’s scroll: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6909088772155271382