Untitled (dishwasher tray), 2016
Found objects sculpture
(01) - 20 x 15 x 5 in / 50.8 x 38.1 x 12.7 cm
(02) - 27 x 16 x 6 in / 68.58 x 40.64 x 15.24 cm
I construct ‘bodies’ out of scavenged and surplus objects, home appliances and other common products. Through found-object assemblages I investigate utility as material agency, reconfiguring the objects into a mesh of colliding functions--a collection of things that fuse action and material in reductive tasks that by turns fulfill and nullify the object’s use-value. Untitled (dishwasher tray) numbers 1 and 2 is a two-part series created from scavenged dishwasher trays and melted plastic cups. The objects retain their original identity, while their functional formal qualities start to curve and twist into spidery configurations.
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Bat-Ami Rivlin (b. 1991) is a New York based artist. Rivlin utilizes found and surplus objects to create installation and sculptural works that explore conceptual spaces between object ontology, material function, and bodily characteristics. Rivlin received her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2019 and her B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. She has exhibited in such venues as the Jewish Museum, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Knockdown Center, Times Square Space, Bahnhof Gallery, M23 Projects, Latchkey Gallery and more. Rivlin was selected as artist-in-residence at NARS Foundation Residency, Arts Letters & Numbers Residency, and SVA Sculpture and New Media Residency. Rivlin was awarded the A.I.R. Gallery fellowship for the 2020-2021 year. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Critical Practices Inc.'s Lef(t) Publication, Office Magazine, Artnet News, The Paris Review, Basis Magazine for Art and Culture, ArtSlant, Peripheral Vision Arts, BTR Radio and more.