Quintín Rivera Toro
Part of an on going series of interventions – and in the spirit of relational aesthetics, SUMMER GRID is a platform for social engagement as its own form of a visual art experience.
The installation comprises a large arrangement of over two dozen “kiddie pools” and “backyard waterworks” in The Plant Courtyard adjacent to Yellow Peril Gallery. This single day event encourages the participation of young children (with guardians) and adults alike.
The first rendition of SUMMER GRID took place at The Plant Courtyard in Olneyville in 2012, and it was the first 3-Dimensional work of art awarded an I BUY ART button by the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism.
Since its inception, SUMMER GRID has been reprised throughout Providence and, most recently, Chicago, Illinois, at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.
Rivera-Toro is known for his site-specific art installations and performances. “My approach to art making consists of reacting to social phenomena through my individual experience, often resulting in the visual investigation of isolated, self-absorbed imagery,” he says. “Mass media, advertising, pop culture, social trends, history, familiar structures; any given environment which reflects the collective experience can be a source of fuel for the often nostalgic, sometimes rebellious, sometimes idealistic manifestations of the work.”
SUMMER GRID will be streamed live on Yellow Peril Gallery’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/yellowperilgallery) during the event’s run on Sunday, August 25, 2013, from 2PM to 9PM.
About Quintín Rivera Toro
QUINTÍN RIVERA TORO was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1978. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Hunter College, New York – 2001, as well as B.A. in Communications and Film Studies, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras – 2007. He received his M.F.A. Degree in 2013 from the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In his native Puerto Rico, he was awarded The Lexus Grant for artists; His public art project “Un espacio libre” originally shown in his hometown of Caguas, was invited to travell to El Museo del Barrio for the S- Files biennial and the art fair PINTA, both in NYC; It was also shown in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and with F.I.S.T. ART in Dorado. His photographic work received an Honorable Mention from Puerto Rico’s Museum of Contemporary Art and a First Prize award from the University of Sagrado Corazón’s Contemporary Photography Contest, in San Juan. He co-founded and worked as the Director of ÁREA, lugar de proyectos in Caguas. Quintín has been awarded the DAAD German Academic Exchange Travel Grant, with which he travelled to Cologne and Berlin in Germany; Full fellowships for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont and the National Academy of Design in New York City; He has also been an artist in residence at the Ox Bow School of Art, S.A.I.C., in Saugatuck, Michigan; He worked as an intern at the Chinati Museum in Marfa, Texas; Studied with the Escuela Internacional de Teatro de América Latina y el Caribe (E.I.T.A.L.C.) in Cuernavaca, Mexico; His work was selected by Zona MACO art fair as a focused work, and displayed his “Weak Paintings” in a solo booth sponsored by VH1; He was awarded an Achievement Scholarship from Transart Institute and completed their summer residency program in Berlin, Germany. Quintín is a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (R.I.S.C.A. – N.E.A.) Individual Artist Grant Recipient, and has received a Sylvia Leslie Young Herman Scholarship Award, and Academic Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. For more info about Quintín Rivera Toro, visit quintinriveratoro.com.
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