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Eric W Araujo
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: East Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: Plywood works: Muscular contractions are classified as either isotonic or isometric. In a concentric isotonic contraction, if the tension generated is great enough to overcome the resistance of the object, the muscle shortens and pulls on another structure. strenuous exercise causes microscopic tears and other damage in the tissue of your muscles, mass is built through repetitive action and resistance. My work tests the limits of material strength by the combined application of finesse and force. I use fragile plywood veneers to create convex forms by slicing and perforating repetitive lines in patterns along the surface. The works are framed in a wooden or steel structure serving to maintain the desired shapes while in a constant state of tension and compression. Suggestive forms gracefully undulate along the body of the object evocative of anatomy and topography. 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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  • 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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