Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios | Ikebana | Emmanuel Gallery

In collaboration with K Contemporary, the Emmanuel Art Gallery at the University of Colorado will be engulfed by Ikebana (2019), a monumental inflatable sculpture by Cuban-born, Mexico City-based artist, Angel Ricardo Ricardo Rios, with a selection of his paintings on view on the second floor. It is both exuberant and constricted (and perhaps constricting). In its new setting, this abstract, organic form swallows Emmanuel’s exhibition space, humbling viewers seeking to approach and circumnavigate it. Its hubris is simultaneously awe-inspiring, fanciful, and at times disconcerting. Is it friend or foe; menacing or playful? Is it conquering the gallery or simply 

inflated with uncontainable joy?



Visit the installation at Emmanuel Art Gallery, located on the University of Colorado Denver's Auraria Campus, 1205 10th Street Plaza, Denver, Colorado 80204. For visiting hours and directions visit the university gallery's website.