Osollo is one of many artists participating in ART MAKE, the Riverside Art Museum’s city-wide event that brings art into local communities. Created over a two-week residency at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, Osollo’s installation draws upon sequential art, comic books, manga, and graphic novels bringing his characters to life.
“ART Friends is designed to use art to encourage people in the community to engage with something new and different,” says Osollo. "We will very literally be using art to communicate with neighborhood residents and people passing by. The ART Friends' functioning phone numbers will allow anyone with a phone to talk with them. The ART Friends love to communicate and make friends with people. This project presents a positive message of connection and a challenge to anyone passing by.”
One of the main goals of ART MAKE is to allow the community to experience art directly by bringing it into their environment and encourage participation so residents can feel connected to the Riverside Art Museum on a different level.
Everyone is welcome to come by and chat with the ART Friends through May 17, 2014.
About Nathaniel Osollo
Nathaniel Osollo is an artist whose work focuses on communication and storytelling. Osollo's exploration of interactive art in the past had patrons correspond, using cell phones and mobile devices, with paintings in a private space. Other recent works include independently published comic books (Dark Mouse) and multiple exhibitions throughout Southern California, working independently and as a part of the art group Collaboration X.
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