The Dutton/Rivera Sculpture Studio is a collaboration between artists Dan Dutton and Jesse Rivera. The studio is located in rural Kentucky and produces mainly welded steel sculpture. We create sculptures that work with the unique characteristics of both inhabited and remote spaces. Many of our pieces respond to the changes in light and weather, the movements and appearance of the sun and moon, in ways that evoke histories or experiences that the property owner would like to bring attention to or enhance. The spot that our sculpture is sited on becomes a destination to visit and an ongoing experience. Every site has its own special nature and what we do is designed to work with that.
Jesse Rivera (left), born in 1982 in Chicago's North Side, of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent is a sculptor working in cut and welded steel.
Prior to beginning work as a sculptor, he worked as a professional fabicator in the steel equipment industry and auto body finishing.
Daniel Dutton (right), born in 1959, on a farm where he still resides, near Somerset, Kentucky, is an artist, sculptor & composer whose work often combines visual, musical, and narrative arts.
During the 1980s, Dutton showed visual and video installation art at the J. B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The Speed Museum commissioned two video works from Dutton: A Day in the Life of the Artist, and Water; an installed environment. Dutton's work was featured as a one-man show in the rotunda of the US Congressional Office Building in 1985.
In 1990, Kentucky Opera premiered Dutton's first opera, The Stone Man, at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The Stone Man was followed by a four-part cycle of dance operas titled The Secret Commonwealth.These four operas; The Changeling and the Bear, The Road, Love and Time, and The Approach of the Mystery, were staged between 1995 and 2000. The first three operas were filmed and broadcast by Kentucky Educational Television. Staged works since that time include Ballads of the Barefoot Mind at 21C Museum, The Faun at 21C Museum & x university, and You'll Always Come Back at Spaulding University, Louisville, KY. Dutton's latest performance piece, Aunt Lou, will premiere at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2015
Dutton's visual art work is displayed in private art collections worldwide, and in the public collections of 21C Museum, Brown-Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY and the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati.
Dutton is currently artist-in-residence at Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati.