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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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ARTIST RESUME:


Group Exhibitions
2017
• Dystopia Filter IV, Chashama @ 470 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
• Second Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, The Bascom Center for the Arts, Highlands, NC
2016
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
• Up for Debate, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
2015
• Power, Protest, and Resistance: Art of the Revolution, Rush Arts, NY & Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
• OPEN (call) – The Artists Studio, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
2014
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Gallery, Somerville, NJ
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
• Beards, Bards, and Boom, Walt Whitman Birthplace grounds, Huntington, NY
• Hamptons Photo Arts Exhibition, Ashwagh Hall, East Hampton, NY
2013
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
• Crest Hardware Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY
2012
• Verge Art Fair-Miami Basel, Broadway Gallery, Miami, FL
• Fountain Art Fair-Miami Basel, Broadway Gallery, Miami, FL
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
• One Hundred Dollars, Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
• Crest Hardware Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY
• Mutual Friends, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY
2011
• RVCC Faculty Exhibition, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ
2009
• Social Structures, Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA
• Root Division 8th Annual Art Auction, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
• Artists Insight: Through Future Eyes, Young Artists at work (YAAW) in conversation
• Through Future Eyes: The Endurance of Humanity, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2008
• Root Division 7th Annual Art Auction, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
• Make Do, Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA
• There! New art from Oakland, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
• Science Fair Show, Rock, Paper, Scissors Gallery, Oakland, CA
• Taking Shelter, Canzani Center Gallery at The Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
• Artopia – SFWeekly Masterminds exhibition, Mojito, San Francisco, CA
• Blackout, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2007
• Root Division 6th Annual Art Auction, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
• HOME, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
• Wunderkammer, Johannson Projects Gallery, Oakland, CA
• Vernissage, 2007 San Francisco Art Institute MFA Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
• SFAI NOW, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco, CA
2006
• STOCK, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
• Immediate Future, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Exhibition, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Continuing MFA Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2004
• The Water Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Art at the Pier, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• 22nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, Fulton-Ferry State Park, Brooklyn, NY
2002
• Group Exhibition- Sculpture and Photography, Epiphany Gallery, Soho, N.Y.
1999
• WOOF, 133, Brooklyn, NY
• Iration, Flex Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• Juried Exhibition, Schaffler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2017
• Eric Araujo – Drawings, Highlands Sotheby’s, Highlands, NC
2012
• Hole Up, Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
2003
• A Bailar an exhibition of recent paintings and photography, Tap Room Gallery, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
• Recent works in Painting and Photography, Tillies of Brooklyn Cafe, Brooklyn, NY
2001
• Tranquility-Paintings and Photographs, Tap Room Gallery, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
1999
• Contrepois, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Honors & Grants
2010
• Juried Showcase winner, Artslant.com
2008
• Artist in Residence, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio, 2 weeks
• Finalist, 3rdWard Solo Show and 2 month residency, Brooklyn, NY
• Finalist, SFWEEKLY, Masterminds Grant competition, SF, CA
2007
• San Francisco Art Institute Outstanding Student Leadership Award
2006
• Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Award recipient, San Francisco, CA
• Teaching Assistantship, Kinetic Sculpture with Matt Heckert, San Francisco Art Institute
• Teaching Assistantship, Wood/Metal Fabrication with Patrick Wilson, San Francisco Art Institute
• L.O.G.S., Legion of Graduate Students Co-chair, San Francisco Art Institute



Residencies
• Artist in Residence/Collaborator, Danh Vo Studio, Güldenhof, Germany, Summer 2018
• Sculpture Fellow: Artist in Residence, Bascom Arts Center, Highlands, NC, Spring 2017
• Artist in Residence, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus OH, February 2008
• Apprenticeship, Tesuque Glassworks and Charlie Minor, Tesuque, NM, 2004
• Artist in Residence, Nova’s Ark Project, Bridgehampton, NY, June 2003 – Nov 2004
Lectures/Talks
• FATE Conference 2012, Local Global/Social Practice Art, Savannah, GA
• Artist’s Insight-YAAW Young Artists At Work, Panel Discussion based on “Through Future Eyes Exhibition” at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, April 2009
• Columbus College of Art and Design, “House Project”, February 2008
Curatorial
• Z-axis, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA, May 2009 – Co-curated with Ross Campbell
• Iration, Flex Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, June 1999
Collections
• Deborah & Ed Venezia
• Tricia Tong
• Brian Birney
• Michael Weinberg
• Andrew Dudley
• Dorothy Shin
• Deanna Riggio
• Kenon Perry
• Cynthia Teeters
• Bambi Kuhl
• Matthew Cohen
• Bascom Center for the Arts
Publications
• 2017, Archway on the Greenway, Laurel Magazine, April, 2017
• 2014, Eric Araujo and His “House Project”, Spark Boom, 7.19.2014
• 2014, Art with a Spark and Music that Booms, Long Island Pulse, 6.20.2014
• 2012, “One Hundred Dollars”Reworks the Dollar Bill at Littlefield. 7.13.2012
• 2009, Teens Curate Major Art Show, Christina Troup, SF Examiner, 5.6.09
• 2008, Oakland to di Rosa, Isabelle Ringer, Piedmont Post, 8.20.08
• 2008, Two to Dwell Upon by Kaizaad Kotwal in Columbus Dispatch, February 24
• 2008, SFWEEKLY 3.19.08, Masterminds Finalists announcement
• 2008, NBC Channel 11 News, February 22nd, Blackout review
• 2008, Taking Shelter Catalogue, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, OH
• 2008, 96hrs, San Francisco Chronicle, 2.7-2.10.2008, Blackout
• 2007, Home Exhibition Catalogue, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
• 2007, MFA Exhibition Catalogue, San Francisco
 








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