In April, Bottle Rocket Gallery will sponsor two art events in Fayetteville. On April 18, a performance/installation by Quintin Rivera Toro will be presented at the gallery in Fayetteville, starting at 7 p.m. The second event is a participatory painting directed by Teresa Albor, and will take place at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dixon St. in Fayetteville, starting at 10 a.m. on April 21, and lasting for 24 hours. A raffle will be held after completion, awarding the painting to the winner.
Rivera-Toro works creates site specific art installations and performances that examine the history, culture and politics of the environments in which he works. The work shown at Bottle Rocket will be done in conjunction with his recent study of the land and history of Northwest Arkansas. He received his BFA from Hunter College in New York and has recently completed his master’s degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited widely during the past decade, his work referred to as “striking contemporary art” by the New York Times. He was selected by curator Casey Fremont as one of the “Top Ten List of Rising NYC Art Stars” in a show at Refinery 29. You can view his work at www.quintinriveratoro.com. Rivera-Toro will discuss his work in a lecture at the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Department on April 22.
Teresa Albor is an American-born artist currently working in the UK. Her work questions and subverts preconceived ideas about the “correct” settings and personnel for the making and exhibition of objects. She is visiting Bottle Rocket as part of a group of U.S. projects she has planned for the spring of 2014, including installation/performance works in Denver and Chicago. “This one’s for you,” her Fayetteville show, a 24 hour immersive painting, will be done 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 21 through 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 in the breezeway of Nightbird Books at 205 W. Dickson with the assistance of all those in the community who would like to participate. Albor’s work can be viewed at www.TeresaAlbor.com, and she will discuss her work at the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Department on April 23.
As usual, Bottle Rocket will sponsor a festive and fun opening in conjunction with these shows. A party to honor the artists will be held at the gallery, located at 1495 Finger Rd. in Fayetteville, on Friday, April 18 beginning at 7 p.m.
Online information about the show can be found at www.facebook.com/bottlerocketartgallery. For further information, contact Sarah Leflar at firstname.lastname@example.org.