Justine Rivas
Memory Foam
9 January - 23 January 2016
Reception: Jan 9 from 7-10 pm
Jail Cell Residency


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Justine Rivas
Mother Ann (2016)
Oil on canvas
62 x 50 in
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Justine Rivas
Nine of Swords (2016)
Oil on canvas
39 x 32 in
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Justine Rivas
Alone In My Room (2016)
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in
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Justine Rivas
Field of Shadows (2015)
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 in
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Justine Rivas
Mother Ann (2016)
Oil on canvas
72 x 58
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Justine Rivas
General Hospital (2015)
Oil on canvas
14.5 x 12 in
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"The Fact I Can Get it Right"


and cups and bowls and pink
pointed silence lighting inward
caressing the fake rugs as if to say,
leave
dirt cuts under the sweater
in hand me down ways
hand me down pain


this wound that sits under my arm
is so old it no longer tries
this wooden little wound
it's practically furniture
sometimes it's red
and it just sits there in assured silence
hot to touch
and slow to heal
real baseball stuff


my wound knows what day it is
unlike me
and when I sing to it, it tries to walk
and remembers stuff I don’t
in the dark closet I walked the floor with my fingers
while the arms of coats hit my face
I want to take my portrait here


heal (command)


dog in car window
brown chair
person on median between streets


light lacquer chain
big pink crab
a small daily prayer
the moon hidden between ads and comics
Sunday
funny in the pew
pew pew
pew pew


-Tyler Everett

Justine Rivas received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (2014) and currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Rivas' practice focuses largely on oil painting incorporating the sentimental through the figurative. Typically personal in content, Rivas paints from routine moments involving movement and space often times centered on the domestic or the ephemeral as it relates to memory. Select group exhibitions include Mission Comics (San Francisco, CA), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Book and Job (San Francisco, CA), and Ladybug House (San Francisco, CA). Memory Foam will be Rivas' first solo exhibition