PROVIDENCE, RI – Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present SUMMER GRID, an outdoor installation event by multidisciplinary artist Quintín Rivera-Toro. This single day event is free to the general public and runs on Saturday, 25 August 2012, from 2PM to 9PM.
Part of an on going series of interventions – and in the spirit of relational esthetics – 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.
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.”
As an artist with a young child, Rivera-Toro’s recent body of work taps into a source of wonder that is critical when engaging with children. This is evident in his most recent public art installation “The Bridge” at Dexter Training Ground on the West Side of Providence, RI, which is intended to connect people and be a place for gathering and interacting.
SUMMER GRID will be streamed live on Yellow Peril Gallery’s Facebook page (http://facebook.com/yellowperilgallery) during the event’s run on Saturday, 25 August 2012 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 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, 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 with 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; 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.
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.