Nick Rivers (United States, 1983) was born to a single mother in Minneapolis. He struggled with substance abuse until the age of 22 when he found long-term recovery. Art became a refuge and a lens to unpack the world around him and a way to see himself. He is a sculptor, painter, and performance artist. Over the last 6 years he completed an A.A.S. in Manufacturing and Engineering, a B.L.A in Culture and Film Studies and recently his M.F.A. from MCAD. Rivers resides on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with his wife Brooke and their newborn daughter. He is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose practice revolves around inter-connectedness and relationships of people places and things with one another.
In the studio I use the construction site as a metaphorical place of power, wreckage, and renewal where the construction worker becomes the generator of existence. In the process of building and creating, a builder addresses questions of force, tension, durability, relationship, aesthetics, perfection, compromise, and feasibility. These built structures take many forms but whether they be performance, sculpture, painting or installations they are all an extension of a quest for answers; a pursuit of the universal.
What does it mean to be human and connected to the world around us? My work reflects this search for connection to something greater than ourselves. It is a creative practice rooted in dialectical process dependent on the exchange of meaning between others and myself. This work is framed within an examination of the body and masculinity. It has no separation from personal lived experience. These creations are infused with ritual, ceremony, and the sacred. They are dreams of love, reconciliation, and transformation. Somewhere between universality and individuality lies a vessel we all drink from; a body which contains us all. In my work I continue to search for this vessel.