Sep 12th 2021

Coded: Coated

@ Riverside Arts Center

32 E. Quincy St., Riverside, IL 60546

Opening Sunday, September 12th, from 3PM - 6PM

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 12th, 3-6pmArtist Talk with Jonathan Castillo: Sunday, September 26th at 2pmPanel Discussion with the Curator and Artists: Saturday, October 16th at 2pm


“The way we make things impacts the way we perceive them. The power of materials to convey a balance of physical, cultural and personal signifiers determines and amplifies our connections to the built environment. The three artists presented here have deliberately manipulated substance and meaning in ways that interrogate not only subject matter, but also the strategies that influence our perceptions and responses to the artifacts we experience. Coded: Coated functions as an exercise in mystery and discovery, engaging viewers to decipher symbolism as conveyed through provocative applications of material production.” — Jay Wolke

Paul Somers’ art manifests itself in many forms ranging from sculptural objects to video and live performance. His pieces are based on a personal investigation of societal institutions and rituals and the exploration of their influence on our culture. His work evokes memories and feelings of childhood and questions the boundaries of masculinity within contemporary society. Somers wants to closely examine the disregarded and finds beauty in the disenfranchised. Through groupings of objects, material choices and the finishes, his work evokes the excitement of victory and the despair of loss.

Jonathan Castillo’s work is a critique of the American system of higher education, the US financial system and federal government policies that are creating generations of indebted citizens. His work utilizes portraits of those burdened with large amounts of student loans. It is printed on handmade paper, made from shredded US currency at a large scale and is representative of those individual’s total student loan debt. The scale and number of prints is a visualization of student loan debt, as well as a personal narrative of individuals who are directly affected by the results of profit driven schools and financial systems.

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