Statements of Purpose for Equality Among Humans

 Riva Lehrer, "66 Degrees," 2016.  Acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 36 inches

Riva Lehrer, "66 Degrees," 2016.  Acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 36 inches

Artist and friend Riva Lehrer is currently exhibiting at Printworks Gallery in a solo show entitled The Risk Pictures. The following is an excerpt from "Statements of Purpose for Equality Among Humans," a recent Newcity interview of Riva Lehrer by Damien James.

Since arriving in Chicago decades ago, Riva Lehrer’s vision has remained uncompromising, while not always popular. In her work, Lehrer transmits something singular but complex: She asks that we broaden our idea of what beauty means such that we might include that which we find threatening and foreign to our experience; that we embrace what might at first feel invasive by virtue of sheer presence, bodies and faces we do not understand because they are so different from our own.

To read more of the interview click here. The Risk Pictures will be on view at Printworks until July 2, 2016. Printworks Gallery, 311 W. Superior St., Suite 105, Chicago, IL 60654, Tel: (313) 664-4907