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Eric W Araujo
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: My current work tests the limits of material strength by the combined application of finesse and force. I slice and perforate repetitive linear patterns along the planes of thin poplar plywood veneers which once constricted create undulating forms that pop from the surface. The works are in a constant state of tension and compression much like the stimulus generated in a muscular contraction, If the force is great enough to overcome the resistance of the object, the muscle shortens and pulls on another structure. The forms are suggestive and evocative of patterns seen in anatomical structures and biomorphic forms in nature and in some instances combine with other materials creating an allegory. House Project: The House Project is a sculptural social intervention that promotes a dialogical exchange between the artist and disenfranchised members of society and the necessity for refuge and protection from the elements whether in time of loss, safety, or just basic necessity and survival. Araujo builds small-scale shelters that are inserted in an urban area with a homeless population. The structures are designed after common architecture found within the host city and are large enough to accommodate an average sized human with minimal possessions. These modest constructions are mostly made of salvaged materials and provide a temporary reprieve from the elements with no expectations for longevity or permanence. They are utilitarian objects that serve to illuminate the notion of stability provided by the image of a house.
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  • Untitled
    2018
    Plywood
    23 x 33
    A single sheet of plywood sliced and compressed to make a volumetric form from a 2Dimensional plane.

  • Untitled
    2019
    Plywood, Driftwood, Brass, Bamboo bird cage
    Variable

  • Echo
    2019
    Plywood, Sand, Temple bells
    65 x 24 x 24
    For Georgia O'keefe and the sound of silence

  • Vipera
    2018
    Plywood, Steel, Mahogany
    70.5L x 22W x 26H

  • Union
    2019
    Plywood, Plaster, Root
    96H x 38W x 48D

  • Vipera
    2018
    Plywood, Steel, Mahogany

  • Union
    2019
    Plywood, Plaster, Root

  • Untitled
    2019
    Plywood, Driftwood, Brass, Bamboo bird cage

  • Echo
    2019
    Plywood, Sand, Temple bells

  • Myra
    2017
    Reclaimed Poplar, Steel, Epoxy resin, paint
    10'H
    Site specific permanent installation on the grounds of the Bascom Center for the Arts in Highlands, NC.

  • de la mañana
    2017
    Reclaimed Poplar and Ash, Steel, Epoxy resin, paint
    Variable
    Site specific permanent installation on the Greenway Trail that runs throughout Highlands, NC. The particular portion of the trail runs adjacent to the Bascom Center for the Arts.

  • Tranquilo
    2017
    Reclaimed Poplar and Hemlock, Steel, Epoxy resin, paint
    Variable
    Site specific permanent installation on the Greenway Trail behind the Bascom Center for the Arts in Highlands, NC.

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  • House #1
    2006
    Wood
    4'D x 6'W x 6'H

  • House #2
    2007
    Wood
    4'D x 6'W x 6'H

  • House #3
    2008
    Wood
    4'D x 6'W x 7'H

  • House #4 (133)
    2012
    Wood
    4'D x 6'W x 7'H

  • House #5 (Debbie Sue)
    2012
    Wood, Dinghy, Plastic
    9.5'L x 7.5'H x 4'W

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