by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger
The Hudson River Museum presents a dramatic three-dimensional landscape inspired by dreams artist Federico Uribe. Uribe, originally from Colombia, creates sculptures, which are not sculpted by rather constructed and woven, in his site-specific installation made entirely from everyday objects. Stepping into the Fantasy River installation (through August 11th, 2013), one encounters a fantasy world that delights all ages.
The exhibition occupies three galleries: one for wild animals, another for domesticated animals, and the third devoted to the natural life encompassing the Hudson Valley. From zebras and cheetahs to chickens and roosters, the artist constructs a bridge between the savage and the tamed. It is clear from his artwork that Mr. Uribe is always on the lookout for such commonplace items - his creation included garden hoses, tennis rackets, paintbrush handles, artificial fingernails, pencil erasers, coiled phone cords, and more. Other items are a little more rare, such as the thousands upon thousands of bullet casings he used to represent the fur of a tiger.
|More of Federico Uribe's work |
can be found on his website
The artist uses screws to secure most of the pieces, and many of them are visible. The guide explained that Mr. Uribe was raised on a farm and had a terrible childhood. The repetitive act of turning each screw is an outlet for his anger, and he likes the idea that people can read the effort and recognize the time spent twisting every screw into place. I learned that Mr. Uribe is a stern and determined man who works six days a week, from nine in the morning until eight at night. He works not only because he is motivated but also for the purpose of creating beauty. Although the gallery is currently only three rooms, he makes it bigger and bigger every day, adding more of his little works of art to a greater entity.
Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2013.
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