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Bas Jan Ader & Cody Trepte

Meliksetian | Briggs is pleased to present a two person show featuring the historical works of Bas Jan Ader (b. 1942 Winschoten, The Netherlands – missing at sea 1975) alongside new works by emerging artist Cody Trepte (b. 1983, Austin, TX).

Along with the complimentary formal and conceptual elements, the juxtaposition of the works by the two artists highlights a Texas connection – Ader was recently featured in the major three person exhibition Disappearing - California c.1970: Ader, Burden and Goldstein at The Modern, Fort Worth, 2019 curated by Philipp Kaiser and organized by Andrea Karnes (catalog) and Trepte is a Dallas native, now based in Los Angeles.

The two artists represent positions in the history of California conceptualism, and synergies occur when their work is placed side by side. Both Ader and Trepte have an interest in language and the meaning of words in their work, although manifested in different ways. Other connections include the use of the medium of photography, repetition and the serial image. Deeply influenced by 20th century philosophy, specifically concepts of predetermination, both artists have an interest in philosophy and its relation to contemporary art production especially that of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). However, neither Trepte nor Ader sacrifice aesthetics in pursuit of conceptual rigor – on the contrary they make art that is philosophically compelling yet poetic and beautiful. 

For video of a conversation between Trepte and his friend and mentor, renowned Los Angeles artist Charles Gaines discussing Trepte's latest body of work please click HERE.

For an interview with Andrea Karnes, curator of The Modern Fort Worth about our Dallas Art Fair presentation in PATRON Magazine, please click HERE.

  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Nightfall, 1971
  • 16mm film / digital media
  • Variable
  • Cody Trepte
  • Again And, 2020
  • Ballpoint pen ink and gesso on wood panel
  • 50 x 40 x 2 in / 127 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm
  • Available: $10,500
  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Study for Fall 2, Amsterdam, 1970
  • Five black and white vintage prints (framed)
  • 3 ½ x 5 in each / 8.9 x 12.7 cm each
  • 8 ¼ x 9 ½ x 1¼ in / 20.6 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm each framed
  • Cody Trepte
  • Already Recorded, 2019
  • Bleach on paper (framed)
  • 46 x 36 in / 116.8 x 91.4 cm (total paper size)
  • 50 x 40 x 2 in / 127 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm (framed)
  • Available: $9,500
  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Implosion / The artist contemplating the forces of nature, 1967
  • Offset lithography on paper (framed)
  • 16 3/4 x 10 3/4 in / 42.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Cody Trepte
  • Almost Always, 2020
  • Ballpoint pen ink and gesso on wood panel
  • 50 x 40 x 2 in / 127 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm
  • Available: $10,500
  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Study for The artist as consumer of extreme comfort, 1968
  • Three Silver gelatin prints
  • Three parts: 8 x 10 in / 20.3 x 25.4 cm image size, each image
  • Cody Trepte
  • Nothing Has, 2019
  • Ballpoint pen ink, toner and acrylic on wood panel
  • 50 x 40 x 2 in / 127 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm
  • Available: $10,500
  • Cody Trepte
  • It Which, 2019
  • Ballpoint pen ink over chromogenic print (framed
  • 26 x 22 / 66.1 x 55.8 cm (image size)
  • 26 ½ x 22 ½ x 1 ½ in / 67.3 x 57.2 x 3.8 cm (framed dimensions)
  • Available: $4,500
  • Bas Jan Ader
  • Study for Farewell to faraway friends, 1971
  • Set of two color vintage prints
  • 3 ½ x 3 ½ in / 8.9 x 8.9 cm image size each part
  • 9 x 8 ¾ x 1 ¾ in / 22.9 x 22.3 x 4.5 cm framed dimensions each part