The Jeffrey Ahn, Jr. Fellowship is pleased to announce that the 2018 Fellowship award has been granted to Rivers Liu.
Rivers, a student at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, NY, proposes to spend their summer creating an immersive mixed media installation. Rivers’s work is often interdisciplinary and constantly evolving. In their winning proposal, Rivers wrote, “I'm interested in crafting installations that are socially aware and provocative: my main themes are sexuality and gender, as well as consumerism and capitalism."
Rivers’s work often starts with paintings that are a mixture of abstraction and figuration. From there, they craft intense and enveloping spaces. Utilizing traditional painting techniques, sculpture, fabrication, sound, and video, Rivers will work to investigate how these media can exist together and form a final piece that explores current societal issues.
Rivers’s proposal was chosen by a distinguished jury including gallerist Helena Anrather; photographer Antonio Bolfo; artist Ben Thorp Brown; artist Ian Cheng; artist Meena Hasan; Kelly Kivland, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation; Gracie Mansion, Senior Specialist, artnet Auctions; artist Rachel Rose; Xiaoyu Weng, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Lucas Zwirner, Editorial Director, David Zwirner Books.