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UPCOMING SHOW AT MODUS LOCUS
SUEÑOS Y PESSADILLAS, DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
KENNETH ANTONIO RIVERA
EXHIBITION - October 27, 2017 - December 9, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION - October 27, 2017, 4:00-9:00 PM
Modus Locus is happy to introduce Kenneth Antonio Rivera as a recently transplanted Artist from LA. He uses painting as a process to create a visual journal of his dreams and nightmares by capturing these fleeting images, ideas, emotions and sensations. This challenge of painting the juxtaposition of his dreams with his nightmares helps Kenneth to develop a restorative and meditative insight that he cultivates in his daily life to overcome trauma and pave a path to healing.
This will be the first time these works will be exhibited together and it will feature many of his paintings that explore the motif of identity, family, and love-- his dreams (sueños), and paintings that convey a sense of despair, anger and chaos -- his nightmares (pessadillos).
Growing up in Los Angeles during the 1980s, Kenneth was provided with a wealth of experiences that laid the groundwork for his artistic inspiration. In 1988 Kenneth’s father tragically passed away and it was then the nightmares began. This challenging period in his life signified the struggle one can have with overcoming trauma, and because of this as teenager and young adult he was distraught and became disinterested in expressing himself through art.
Fortunately, Kenneth was drawn back to the arts to explore his trauma. He renewed this exploration in 2001 when he began college by enrolling in drawing and philosophy courses with the hopes of examining his thoughts. His work at this juncture was heavily influenced and inspired by the philosophy of Carl Jung, who inspired him to draw images that explored ideas about the collective unconscious and archetypes. These drawings helped Kenneth recognize that he had many repressed emotions, ideas and experiences and so he decided to create paintings based on his personal dreams and nightmares.
In 2010 Kenneth moved to Minnesota to further his education in the arts and received a Masters in Arts Education at the University of Minnesota. He is currently working as a public school art teacher in South Minneapolis and believes that encouraging youth to express, explore and develop artistic skills helps them build a foundation for mindful learning.
Modus Locus strives to provide a safe and beautiful space for hosting classes and workshops focused on positive change, creative expression, and playful interaction.