An Interview With Artist Ricardo Rivera


Ricardo Rivera is an artist whose interactive, 3-D projection-mapped parable “What’s He Building In There?” was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. He is the owner of The Klip Collective, here is a link to its website:

Q: What is the theme of your piece for The Sundance Film Festival?

A: There are a few themes that are within the piece. The most blatant is man vs. machine. Organic vs. Mechanical. We are all processed everyday and spit out to just do it again the next day. The piece also explores the physicality of the building facade by playing off of what’s inside vs. outside. It’s kind of a peak into my psyche. The machine being work and the other weirdo things are the distractions.

Q: How closely does the piece follow the Tom Waits poem?

A: The Tom Waits track gave the piece it’s overall tone. It does not really follow it line for line per se, more as an inspiration. There is a scene where mail is delivered which is a direct reference to the line “He has no friends, but he gets a lot of mail.”
Q: 3. How did you get a piece in the festival?
A: I was a part of the inaugural year of New Frontier in 2007. NF is curated by Shari Frilot and this year she asked is to come back in a big way.

Q What is the Klip Collective?

A: Klip is the company I started with Nic D’Amico in 2003. It’s part art collective, part creative agency, part production company. We do mostly commercial work, but create independent art pieces whenever we can.

Q: What inspires you as an artist?

A: I love a good story.

Q: Who are some of your artistic influences?

Q: . What makes someone an artist?

A: If you can execute a creative vision for others to “take a walk inside your brain”, than you are an artist.

Q: What is your strangest work story?

A: Animating a cow tongue was pretty strange.

Q: What do you like about the contemporary art scene?

A: Collaboration. I think it is essential and new tech is making it easier and easier. Taking art out of the gallery into the streets is something that is starting to happen. Site specific work is finally starting to get some traction.

Q: What changes would you like to see in the art world?

A: Less nepotism, more art.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)


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