ART/C09 – OPPRESSION CAN KEEP DOWN THE FORCES OF FREEDOM FOREVER
OPPRESSION CAN KEEP DOWN THE FORCES OF FREEDOM FOREVER
Eco-oil on wood, 11.5 x 7 inch
2017, edition 1/1
YOUR IGNORANCE IS THEIR POWER…
Nothing in all of the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance. Where justice is denied, where poverty is forced, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress.
Weakness is what brings ignorance, racism, desperation, cruelty… All these things that will keep a society chained.
Ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
Stand up, America!
THE STAR OF SAN JUAN
Julia Rivera is a talented and well-educated painter who has pleased many art collectors with her daring use of color, the internal rhythms of her compositions, and above all, her playful and refreshing imagery.
In her painting, Rivera, who was born in the Bronx in 1965, and who studied art in Florence, New York, and the School of Plastics Arts of Puerto Rico, creates an attractive, fairy tale universe where carefully chosen objects – clocks, fruit, little toy cars, bottles and elongated chairs – are arranged in order to let us see their essence in a surreal but celebratory manner.
Mallarme pointed out that a good poem has to be enigmatic. I believe that good works also have to possess magic and mystery. A good work of art does not let us know everything. Influenced by Gorky, Miro, Chagall and Matta, and quite aware of what has happened in the field of ‘lite’ neo-figuration during the last three decades, Rivera combines humor and poetry to conceive well balanced scenarios where the mundane and metaphysical establish dialogue about time and the human condition.
Manuel Alvarez Lezama
The charity that has been selected by Julia Rivera is the Santa María de Los Ángeles branch of the Pro Ayuda Puerto Rico Fundación. MAISON 10 will make a 10% donation of the cost of each artwork sold to this charity.