Tomas Rivas – Geometric Flood

Installation

Vote Code: 61526

We are brothers sharing a studio and collaborating with other artists, designers and manufacturing companies in Chile. Our artist work deals with the genealogical tensions between two and three dimensional systems and fluctuates between drawing, sculpture and architecture. Playing with linear perspective, ornamentation, and unorthodox materials, it also investigates how the viewer’s cultural expectations frame perception. Our research relates to the complexities of space representation; we look into the historical foundations of monument and ornament as expanded architectural forms. Our attempt is to expose the cultural charge embodied in certain forms and styles, and the power they radiate. We believe the potency of the work is embedded in the contrast between ornamental forms identified with elitist Western ideals of high art and between the unconventional treatment of “low” and perishable materials such as thread, fabric bands, paint and other ways of making three-dimensional drawings in real spaces.

This project was made possible through the support of the Embassy of Chile and the LATAM Airline Group.


Somos hermanos compartiendo un estudio y colaborando con otros artistas, diseñadores y empresas de manufactura en Chile.Nuestras obras como artistas se manejan con las tensiones genealógicas entre los sistemas de dos y tres dimensiones y se alternan entre el dibujo, la escultura y la arquitectura. Jugando con la perspectiva lineal, decorados y materiales poco comunes, también investiga cómo es que las expectativas culturales del espectador enmarcan su percepción. Nuestra investigación se relaciona con las complejidades de la representación en el espacio; nos fijamos en los fundamentos históricos del monumento y los elementos de composición como formas arquitectónicas ampliadas.Nuestra intención es revelar la carga cultural encarnada en ciertas formas y estilos, y el poder que irradian. Creemos que la potencia de la obra va incrustada en el contraste entre las formas ornamentales identificadas con los ideales elitistas occidentales de gran arte, y entre el tratamiento poco convencional de los “bajos” y perecederos materiales tales como hilo, bandas de tela, pintura y otras formas de producir dibujos tridemsionales en espacios reales.

 

Este proyecto fue posible gracias al apoyo de la Embajada de Chile y al Grupo de Aerolíneas LATAM.


 

Artprize 2015 Seed Grant Recipient

Tomás Rivas has achieved international attention for his investigations of two and three-dimensional space by combining sculpture and drawing techniques that mimic a specific period of art HISTORY. Using drywall, a readily available contemporary construction material, Rivas removes the paper topcoat to reveal a three-dimensional sculptural relief. His work examines space, transformation, and disintegration through the rediscovery of classical architecture in a contemporary environment. Born in Santiago de Chile in 1975, Rivas studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile and earned his master’s degree in fine arts from the UNIVERSITY of Notre Dame. His work has been featured in several group shows and gallery exhibitions, including most recently Abre-alas 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Feedback 2007 in Santiago, Conversions in Arlington, VA, and Phantom Floor in Washington, D.C.