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Debra Rivera

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Amsterdam , 2013 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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LE Interior Waters, 2012 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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Eagle's Nest, 2007 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph N/a © rivera
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Amsterdam Rooest, 2013 Digital Photograph - Minimally Retouched, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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Norwegian Reindeers, 2012 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20
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Boca de Cañon, Los Angeles, 2013 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph N/a
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Fourth Street NYC, 1999 C41 Handprint 16" X 20"
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Amsterdam Port, 2013 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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Luna de Miel, Andalucia, 2009 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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Boca Chica NYC, 1999 C41 Handprint 16" X 20"
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Canal Street New York 1999 (original color balance edition), 2013 Digital Archival Print of Photographed C41 Handprint Image 20" Wide
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Zuber Leipzig, 2012 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20
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1st & 1st NYC: Fresnel Diffraction, 1999 C41 Handprint 16" X 20"
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1st & 1st NYC: Metro Signs and Ads in the Park, 1999 C41 Handprint 16" X 20"
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Through Hole, 2012 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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Vasa, Stockholm, 2010 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph N/a
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Decomposing Military Vehicle, Split Croatia, 2011 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
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UK, 1999 C41 Handprint 16" X 20"
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Zuber Leipzig IV, 2012 Unmanipulated Digital Photograph, Archival Inks on Cotton Rag Image 20" Wide
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Los Angeles
Birth year
1979
Lives in
Berlin
Works in
Leipzig and Berlin
Schools
New York University (NYU), 2001, BA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2009, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2009, PhD
Tags
non-representational photography, abstract, traditional, photography, digital
Bio: Debra Rivera

Magnetic resonance imaging coil built by the artist using a technique she pioneered through abstract visual thinking. The coil comprises of 4 separate loops built from 10 pieces of interlocking circuit board material. Built at the Max Planck Institute Department for Neurophysics in Leipzig.

 

An internationally-funded doctoral scholar, Debra Rivera fuses photography, physics, and neuroscience. The inset shows a radio frequency coil designed by the artist for magnetic resonance imaging of the brain at ultra-high magnetic field. Passion of art and science developed side-by-side over two decades, evolving into a spiritual photographic practice. A means of connection with pervasive yet elusive abstractions of time, space, and human perception, photographing becomes a meditation. 

The selected works, ranging from analog artist c-prints to unmanipulated digital images, are imbued with periodicity and explorations of scale and dimension. Time as rhythm; space as light, matter, and void; boundaries collected and acknowledged as deceptions of scale. Tinted by compounding variables, the subjectiveness of  color  experience is not so different from the random process of ultraviolet waves erroding a c-print. Cyan is the outlier in both systems.