Joan Mitchell Center

Elena del Rivero

Painter
New York City, NY
May 1–26
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Elena del Rivero is an artist whose professional work and domestic life inform each other. Born in Valencia, Spain, she has lived in New York since 1991. Her focus is on painting and works on paper. Del Rivero draws inspiration from experience, and what is at hand. Inspired by the passage of time, she seeks the double entendre to uncover a subtle, if aesthetic, potential concealed within the discarded object and the transformation of decay. Del Rivero says “I contemplate a utopian idea of mending: actions that I take whenever the opportunity arises when the works get damaged, intentionally or not, during the process of making them; in this manner I suture their ‘wounds’.” The kitchen, historically, has been the “female grid”. This paradoxical place, the symbol par excellence of domesticity where stories and life gather force, all from a single center of operations: the table, has also been a laboratory of ideas for most of her projects. Elena del Rivero’s work has been shown and collected by major institutions in the United States and internationally including: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT); Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); National Gallery of Art (Washington DC); Baltimore Art Museum (Baltimore, MD); Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, ME); Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX); Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, AL); Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern (Valencia, Spain) and The Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain); among others. She has been awarded major grants and prizes that have allowed her to develop her projects throughout the years: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1991 and 1995), Creative Capital Foundation Grant (2001 and 2002), The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2001 and 2002) and The Rockefeller Foundation residency at The Bellagio Center, Italy (2005.) Most recently she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2015.)

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[Swi:t] Home: A Chant

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant

2001-­06, installation of found papers; sewn, mended and attached to tarlatan gauze, 5 rolls: 99.9 yards x 15 feet (Each roll 99.9 yards x 36 inches)
 

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant

2001-­06, installation of found papers; sewn, mended and attached to tarlatan gauze, 5 rolls: 99.9 yards x 15 feet (Each roll 99.9 yards x 36 inches)
 

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant (detail)

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant (detail)

2001-06, installation of found papers; sewn, mended and attached to tarlatan gauze, 5 rolls: 99.9 yards x 15 feet (Each roll 99.9 yards x 36 inches)

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant (detail)

[Swi:t] Home: A Chant (detail)

2001-06, installation of found papers; sewn, mended and attached to tarlatan gauze, 5 rolls: 99.9 yards x 15 feet (Each roll 99.9 yards x 36 inches)

From 9-­11 through Sandy

From 9-­11 through Sandy

2011-­2014, silver gelatin print collaged with thread, 34 x 34 inches

From 9-­11 through Sandy

From 9-­11 through Sandy

2011-­2014, silver gelatin print collaged with thread, 30.75 x 31 inches

From 9-­11 through Sandy

From 9-­11 through Sandy

2011-­2015, silver gelatin print collaged with Spanish lace mantilla and thread, 34 x 34 inches

From 9-­11 through Sandy

From 9-­11 through Sandy

2011-­2015, silver gelatin print collaged with thread, 29.75 x 36 inches