Joan Mitchell Center
INSOLUBLE (video still)

Sean Riley

Multi-Disciplinary Artist
Providence, RI
June 5–30
➔ seanrileystudio.com

2/12/2017 2:00 PM


Born in Wareham, MA in 1977. Sean Riley holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work can be defined by a rigorous and often labor-intensive engagement with a chosen material. Riley has been using inherited clothing in his work since 2008 to reflect on personal and collective experiences of loss, memory, and time. The latest work in this project involves the deconstruction of denim blue jeans by methodically removing individual weft threads to alter and reshape the woven structure of the fabric. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northeast including; Danese/Corey in New York City, TSA NY in Brooklyn, NY, Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, Lamont Gallery in Exeter, NH, Arthur Ross Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, and several others. He has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Riley has been an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center. Riley lives in Providence, RI and Rome, Italy.

INSOLUBLE (video still)

INSOLUBLE (video still)

live performance, 4.28.16, New Orleans, LA

Bluets I

Bluets I

2016, indigo dyed paper on paper, 40 x 26 inches

Bluets II

Bluets II

2016, indigo dyed paper on paper, 40 x 26 inches

Bluets (small) II

Bluets (small) II

2016, indigo dyed paper on paper, 26 x 20 inches

(de)Weave V

(de)Weave V

2016, inherited denim with weft removed, sewn to paper, 26 x 40 inches

(de)Weave VI

(de)Weave VI

2016, inherited denim with weft removed, sewn to paper, 26 x 40 inches

(de)Weave VII

(de)Weave VII

2016, inherited denim with weft removed, sewn to paper, 40 x 26 inches

(de)Weave VII (detail)

(de)Weave VII (detail)

2016, inherited denim with weft removed, sewn to paper, 40 x 26 inches