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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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