Premiere Of Federico Uribe’s: Painting On A Shoe String
Federico Uribe, Painting On A Shoestring
Opening Saturday, November 10th 3-10pm
November 10th to December 31st
175 NW 25th St.
Miami, FL 33127
The exhibit showcases the key stages of Uribe’s career
After studying art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Federico Uribe moved to New York in 1988 to study a master of fine arts degree under the supervision of Luis Camnitzer.
Though he started as a painter in 1996, he abandoned paintbrushes and now uses any material at his disposal. About 6 years ago, Uribe did an installation with Puma who gave him about 2,000 pairs of sneakers. He made an installation called “Human Nature,” where all the animals were made of shoelaces and sneakers, “highlighting the relationship between humans and nature” as Pablo Dona, Director of the Now Gallery, describes, “and the consequences that the development process has.”
He continues, “This exhibition in particular is a little bit different. He’s going to be showing a new series of work that are made of electrical wire and we’re going to be showing some of the shoelace pieces that are old pieces he did after “Human Nature.” He ended up with 1,000 shoe laces extra, so he created this series of paintings, ‘Painting on a Shoe String.’ We’re also going to be showing some of the pencil pieces. He’s known as ‘the pencil guy.’ Then he’s going to work on an installation floor piece that’s actually a carpet, but all the elements are loose on the floor just put together one on top of the other. It’s going to be a very interesting show because the show is about three different stages of his career. All the pieces we’re going to be showing have never been seen before.
At the same time, we’re going to be showing an installation at Art Miami that is all made of military clothes and bullets. He’s been working on it for about 8 months specifically for Art Miami. All the animals are real size animals made of bullets and are really outstanding. This will be the first time people will be able to see it. We’re doing a publication on both exhibitions. We try always to document every single show. We publish a book on the artist. We just published one of Uribe, about 15 years of his work, when he left Guadalajara to come to Miami. Documenting the work is essential. Eventually, it will all be gone in a private collection or a corporate collection, the work will be spread all around. Right now one of the biggest collectors of Uribe is Jerome Guerrand, one of the owners of Hermes. We’re working on securing an exhibition with Hermes, as they invited Federico to do a show with all their recycled materials. However he’s really busy right now as next year, he has two or three exhibitions in museums scheduled, plus all the fairs we do.”
Federico fuses the digital and analog domains, creating his own territory where the technical meets the canvas in his 3 dimensional exhibit. Expect a packed house during Art Walk this Saturday in Wywnood for the opening of this colorful and inspiring show which will be open through the end of the year.