2018 Triennial Archive

John Riepenhoff

West Side Market
1979 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Mon, Wed: 7–4,  Fri, Sat: 7–6 Sun: 10–4


This sausage connects you with the vendors of the West Side Market, the farmers of Refugee Response Farm, and the foragers at Larder. It also links three Cleveland food histories: indigenous, early european immigrant, and the newest immigrants to define this city. Curry is a blend of spices that can be interpreted differently to reflect taste and place. Our Cleveland curry blend is made from regional wild herbs, spices grown in Ohio City by the farmers at Refugee Response Farm, and other imported spices purchased from vendors at the West Side Market. Koji is an ancient microbe that has been traditionally used to ferment foods. We inoculate our sausage with koji, using its intricate mycelium network structure as an analogy to the socioeconomic network activated by this project—and to add a tasty umami flavor to our links.

The links act as connective agent between cultures and communities and as a unit to be distributed, shared, and interpreted. We invite you to discover the Cleveland Curry Kojiwurst in the Market, taste it, and then add your personal culinary touch to make it your own.

-John Riepenhoff

Artist Biography

John Riepenhoff was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, WI where he currently lives. He received a BFA from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is represented by Marlborough Contemporary.

Riepenhoff is also a curator and co-owner of The Green Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, collaborator at The Open, co-organizer of Milwaukee International and Dark Fairs, inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others, and regular food ideator. His recent exhibitions and curatorial projects have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Marlborough Chelsea, and Swiss Institute New York, NY; Tate Modern, London; Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR; 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA; Poor Farm, WI; Lynden Sculpture Garden, Inova, and The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN; and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA. He also continues a program, the John Riepenhoff Experience, at various locations around the world, most recently at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Misako and Rosen, Tokyo. He was the 2015 Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year, founded Milwaukee’s first Beer Endowment for artist-run organizations, co-chairs Friends of Blue Dress Park, runs The Oven at The Open in Milwaukee, and sits on the board of Riverwest Radio.