It’s not everyday you get to grade a teacher’s paper. Jeff Ribaudo, a Riverside resident who teaches at La Sierra High School and RCC, puts a new spin on paper with his “Dollars to Doughnuts” exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum. The paper-based show demonstrates the printmaker’s talent for making lasting art out of an otherwise disposable product most people take for granted. According to Ribaudo, his goal was to “make beauty from the most mundane and unexpected [by] combining the ideas of the frailty of paper with our dependence on it, along with the unnecessary overproduction of mundane items.” The exhibit features 25 original constructions that utilize everything from striking geometric patterns to repetitive collages. These paper-on-paper works transform the “fragile and temporary” nature of the medium into bold images that pop with vibrancy and life. From colorful patterns to abstract visuals like skateboarding silhouettes, “Dollars to Doughnuts” speaks to the contradictory notion that common, utilitarian products can also be exceptional and transformative. While the works are currently on display, the official opening reception takes place Saturday, June 27, from 7-9PM. It’ll be the perfect time for ex-students to turn the tables and offer up their own grades. Just don’t forget to bring teacher an apple.
“Dollars To Doughnuts” by Jeff Ribaudo at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111, www.riversideartmuseum.org. Reception June 27, 7-9PM. Thru Aug. 1., Mon.-Sat., 10AM to 4PM; $5.