What's he building in there? An exercise in humility
What’s he building in there? An exercise in humility is a solo exhibition by the artist Eric Araujo. This exhibition brings together sculptural objects that come from the desire to make things that are not derivative or intentionally reference or conceptualize something other. They are not topical and don’t speak to anything that is happening in the world now. In a time when the world is reeling back from a pandemic after taking stock of what matters most and attempting to maintain some semblance of sanity from the frequency of negative news it’s important to relearn how to feel, how to interpret, and to take a break. While art is a vital and valuable vehicle for the telling of the history of our time these works are not for that. They are abstract, formal, reductive, elegant, taking cues from parametric architecture and biomorphic forms found in nature while hearkening to traditional furniture making processes but heed the unconventional for their outcome.
About the Artist
Eric Araujo is an interdisciplinary artist from New York. His practice extends across various mediums such as sculpture, drawing, and public practices. Eric received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Eric’s work has been shown in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa Valley, the Canzani Center Gallery at Columbus College of Art and Design, Johannson Projects in Oakland CA, Present Company in Brooklyn, and BRIC Arts in Downtown Brooklyn. In Spring of 2017 he was the sculpture fellow at The Bascom Center for the Arts in Highlands, NC where he created 3 large-scale permanent outdoor public works, and during the summer of 2018 Eric was invited to collaborate with the internationally renowned artist Danh Vo for new works to be exhibited at the SMK in Copenhagen. In September 2019 Eric was part of a 4-person group exhibition entitled “No-thing In Common” at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ and most recently was part of a group show entitled “War and Peace” at the RSOAA in Brooklyn, NY. For 10 years he served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of 3D Design, Sculpture and Drawing at Raritan Valley Community College. He is currently the Mount Maker for the Museum of Modern Art.