"The color pencil, a simple utilitarian object but with direct references to creation and childhood, becomes the material of my paintings and sculptures," says Uribe. "With an embroidery-like technique of studding, I have created art works that depict my emotional landscape and force the viewer to re-envision how the pencil and the creation process are perceived."
SEPTEMBER 2011 UPDATE: FEDERICO URIBE AT BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART
ARTE ECOLOGICO INTERVIEW FEDERICO URIBE
FIFTH SEASON MAGAZINE/From the Editor:
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EXCERPTS FROM ARTE ECOLOGICO INTERVIEW with artist FEDERICO URIBE/JUNE 2011(in Spanish-translated by Nohra Corredor)
AE: Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule while preparing for the upcoming
FU: Cosmic coincidence. The installation "Once Upon A time" is about a forest constructed with books. The idea is simple: human beings destroy forests to produce books and I destroy books to produce forests.
AE: The title "Once Upon a Time" brings to mind the Grimm Brothers, the Arabian Nights, or many others stories from children's literature, visual poems. Tell us what it means to you.
FU: The literary influences are present but intangible. Yes, "once upon a time" is a very common and traditional way to begin in children' stories and for me, within this context, means that "once upon a time" there was a tree which was turned into a book and then the book was turned into a tree.
AE: About process/techniques/tools at your Studio
FU: I have two assistants. My studio is very large. I work twelve hours a day, Monday thru Saturday, with my assistants working 8 hours a day preparing materials i.e. cutting the books the same sizes which I will use for my constructions and installations. The studio is divided in two parts: half for my assistants and half for myself. The books I use to construct my pieces come from used books discarded by Miami-Dade school system. When the construction of a piece is finished, then the piece is coated and sealed.
AE: Thinking of books, which books do you like to read? any particular book to save from recycling?
FU: I listen to the books while working. I like classics, history and anthropology books. For me what is important is the person who reads, so any book is good as long as it makes you think of something.
AE: Artists/poets in your immediate family?
FU: No, my father was an engineer and my mother is an economist. She has sensibility and talent but not for art in particular. I spent early formative years on farms because farms were the business of my grandparents. The best memories from that period of my life are all related to nature. Literature plays a role on building the poetic mind and on the depth of tempers I aspire to give the characters in my work.
AE: For the Fifth Season Magazine/JUNE 2011 COVER you sent the image/work CEIBA. Tell us about the
FU: I have seen many ceiba trees in our native Colombia, in Cuba while studying at the Instituto Superior de Arte, and also in Miami where I live now. My knowledge about the ceiba tree is limited. I understand for example, that there are still many ceiba forests in Colombia especially around coffee plantations because these trees help to provide shade for arabic coffee crops, in particular. I am not so sure if there is any commercial use with them because the trunk is not always straight and has a lot of nodes.
AE: You are now preparing a major museum exhibition for this year. Can you share with our visitors where and when the exhibition will take place?
FU: Yes, the title for the exhibition is MATERIAL IMAGE and the show will be at
AE: Is the installation "Once Upon a Time" included at the Museum?
FU: Yes, "Once Upon a Time" is included among other installations.
AE: Is the museum exhibition a retrospective? or by combining and re-combining previous and new works, a whole new installation will emerge? a jungle?
FU: Yes, it will be a jungle and it will include forests with wild animals and domestic animals.
AE: How do you visualize this FOREST/JUNGLE relationship for the exhibition at the museum?
FU: The installation is constructed as a jungle environment made from different materials such as, wooden crutches and aluminium, books, shoes, wood, garden tools, among many others. There will be two spaces for the installation: one for domesticated nature and the other for wild nature, but since it is still under construction and starting from scratch, I have not visualized it yet.
AE: Describe your work.
FU: Abstract, figurative, landscapes and autobiographical and everything I can think of.
AE: What is
FU: I invented the term. It is a play on words with pointillism, impressionism, cubism, etc.
AE: Congratulations and great success with the public visiting the exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida.
FU: Thank you very much.
This INTERVIEW is part of the Ecological Art/ARTECOLOGICO