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Jim Melchert, Riven/River

Riven/River 2014

Jim Melchert b. 1930
grey porcelain ceramic tile, red & blue glaze
71" x 166"
SFAC 121
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Like arrivals and departures, this artwork’s two rectangular color fields are each the complement of the other. The energetic blue line that spans both fields suggests the traveler’s journey. The term “Riven” in the title refers to Melchert’s signature practice of breaking and then reassembling his tiles to create a complex pattern of cracks and fissures.