Irrational City


Quintin Rivera-Toro


"Masculine Sphere" - 2013 from Quintín Rivera Toro on Vimeo.

The "Masculine Sphere" explores a binary aspect of social “hetero-gender” concerns, such as competition or oppositional force, and comradery or brotherhood. Through the interchangeability of symbolic roles, these two soccer players, question team dynamics, and illustrates basic issues of human nature through the lens of an organized sport. Part celebration, part criticism, this video is an autobiographical project, as most of my work is, in search of any dimension that describes the state of contemporary masculinity. The all white environment intends to isolate the content displayed by interpreters, similar to showcasing art in the white gallery space.

Quintín Rivera Toro was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1978. He holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Hunter College, New York - 2001; B.A. in Communications and Film Studies, from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras - 2007; and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island - 2013

Quintín has been awarded the German DAAD travel grant; A full fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center; A grant from the National Academy of Design in New York City; He has been an artist in residence at the Ox Bow School of Art, S.A.I.C., in Michigan; An Individual Artist Grant and a New Genres Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. The New York Times has called Quintín's work "Striking Contemporary Art" and was selected for Refinery 29 's "Top 10 list of rising NYC art stars" curated by Casey Fremont.