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The multiform but austere practice of Cody Trepte engages a seemingly impossible problem: to give shape to that which resists having form. Utilizing the strategies of conceptual art, as well as the history of philosophy and science, Trepte makes prints and drawings and appropriates photographs to represent paradoxes, linguistic or pictorial ambiguities, and other absences, contradictions, and anomalies that defy direct explanation or concrete visual exposition.

~ Kurt Mueller


Cody Trepte (b. 1983, Texas) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at New York University and his Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2010.  He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including 2012 edition of Made in LA at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Austin Museum of Art, Texas; Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Kunstverein INGAN e.V., Berlin, Thierry Goldberg, New York, and Eleven Rivington, New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Cody Trepte and Charles Gaines discuss Trepte's exhibition "By Any Possibility" at Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, October 27, 2019.

Produced by Eric Minh Swenson.

Cody Trepte

Its Endless Undoing

Black and white film, silent
16mm film transferred to video
8.5 seconds looped