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BUSINESS AS USUAL by Quintín Rivera-Toro at Yellow Peril Gallery

BUSINESS AS USUAL by Quintin Rivera Toro

QUINTÍN RIVERA TORO
BUSINESS AS USUAL

October 18 – November 11, 2012

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 5PM – 9PM
at Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley St #5, Providence, RI

Gallery Hours:
Thursday + Friday, 3PM – 8PM
Saturday + Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
Other days by appointment

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present BUSINESS AS USUAL, an exhibition of various works including site-specific installations, live performance, video simulcast, photography and sculpture by Latin American Contemporary artist Quintín Rivera-Toro.

In the first installation, Rivera-Toro will layer the façade of Yellow Peril Gallery with 4’x8’ plywood panels and juxtapose the space’s temporary veneer with provocative text, which is intended to be an architectural interplay of words between the gallery and its neighbor, Cuban Revolution.

“Recent social phenomenon in the housing markets have estranged people from their former homes, but also the trauma that stems from the loss of their previous positions in society,” Rivera-Toro notes. “With BUSINESS AS USUAL, I hope to use Yellow Peril’s new façade as a platform for socially critical observations and articulate my outsider point-of-view as an artist from a foreign land while engaging with the general public about experiencing an economically-challenged community like Olneyville.”

Inside the gallery exhibition space, an installation will feature a framed door welcoming opening night visitors to watch Rivera-Toro as he performs a sound piece that will be streamed live online and broadcasted simultaneously in the adjacent Studio, where new works from the artist will be on display.

Rivera-Toro is known for his site-specific art installations and performances. As an artist with an activist slant, Rivera-Toro creates work that communicates and engages with its audience. His most recent site-specific installation was SUMMER GRID: A RELATIONAL PROJECT, which was comprised of a large arrangement of over two dozen “kiddie pools” and “backyard waterworks” in The Plant Courtyard adjacent to Yellow Peril Gallery. At Dexter Training Ground on the West Side of Providence, RI, Rivera-Toro’s permanent public art installation “The Bridge” also connects people and is a place for gathering and interacting.

BUSINESS AS USUAL will be streamed live on Yellow Peril Gallery’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/yellowperilgallery) during the opening reception on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5PM 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 and a B.A. in Communications and Film Studies, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras – 2007. He currently pursues his M.F.A. Degree in the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

In his native Puerto Rico, Quintín was awarded The Lexus Grant for artists. His public art project “Un espacio libre,” originally shown in his hometown of Caguas, was invited to travel 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 with the DAAD German Academic Exchange Travel Grant, with which he travelled to Cologne and Berlin in Germany. He has received 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. Quintín also worked as an intern at the Chinati Museum in Marfa, Texas, and he 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 R.I.S.C.A. (N.E.A.) Individual Artist Grant Recipient, and has received a Sylvia Leslie Young Herman Scholarship Award as well as Academic Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design.   For more info about Quintín Rivera Toro, visit: http://quintinriveratoro.com.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery strives to foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from established and emerging artists in the United States and abroad. We aspire to exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and a percentage from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with Quintín Rivera Toro, please contact V Souvannasane at +1 401 861 1535 or e-mail at van@yellowperilgallery.com.