DANIELA RIVERA: LABORED LANDSCAPES
(WHERE HAND MEETS GROUND)
September 21, 2019—January 12, 2020
Daniela Rivera, Donde el cielo toca la tierra [where the sky touches the earth], 2019, oil on canvas, 12′ x 20′. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Greater Boston-based artist Daniela Rivera’s approach to painting is literal and poetic, minimal and theatrical, conceptual and physical. In this exhibition, three distinct installations offer a compelling survey of Rivera’s practice. Her works dramatically play to the spaces within which they’re installed, thereby heightening viewers’ engagement with the art and surrounding galleries.
The narratives that inspire Rivera’s pieces reflect on place—be it urban infrastructure, an industrial landscape, and/or museum architecture. She upends perspective through the labor of simulation and encases stories within deposits of material. Rivera’s “labored landscapes,” as she calls her new topographical paintings of miners’ hands and torsos, explore the realm where a person’s physical and mental states connect with the earth and their labor. These stories, and others visually expressed in the exhibition, allude to the complexity and uncertainty of national and personal narratives, as well as the paradox of labor that is both productive and destructive.
Daniela Rivera, Tilted Heritage, 2015, ash on canvas, stretcher bars, C clamps, pulley system and rope, 30’ x 10’ x 20’. Courtesy of artist.