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Ganging It Up by Frank Rivera

Ganging It Up

Artist: Frank Rivera
Year: 2003-2006
Medium: oil on panel

THE MONDAY ARTIST AT NOON LECTURE SERIES: FRANK RIVERA

Monday, Nov. 30, noon, Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Frank Rivera creates small narrative paintings in the manner of the storyboard. His paintings' flat areas of solid color, sometimes patterned, contrast with graduated shading, similar to Miro's early works. A few influences are computer art, the underground comics of the mid-1980s and a re-awakened interest in the art of the predella (small serial panels affixed to the bottom of an altarpiece). Rivera's images include a variety of gesturing hands, mechanical birds, puppets, chairs and appliances performing in ways contrary to the laws of nature. The artist loves the non-sequitor and the prospect of resolving the conflict between opposites. His work is represented by the Louise Ross Gallery in New York.