Before I continue telling you how ridiculous (in a very good way) he is, allow me to admit the following – I am officially a Federico Uribe groupie.
There. I said it. So what.
This man never ceases to amaze. A little over two months ago I eagerly demonstrated the installation he put together for Art Baselites titled “Animal Farm”, a follow-up of sorts to his 2006 installation, “Human Nature”. Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to witness (for the first time) what Mr. Uribe can do with the more traditional canvas.
Tradition starts and ends with the canvas, however. Uribe, known for using shoes, mops, clothes pins, pencils, wood scraps, rakes, purses, ping pong balls, corks, shovels, dusters, pliers, and just about anything he can get his hands on to create installations, stuck to shoelaces (hence, the title of the show) to create the five works on display at Praxis International Art in the Wynwood Arts District.
Interlude: The cluster of art galleries located on NW 1 PL and NW 2 AVE between NW 22 St and NW 23 ST, including, but not limited to Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Kevin Bruk Gallery, David Castillo Gallery, Praxis International Art, etc., is slowly evolving into what many had envisioned for Wynwood. Let’s hope that the forces that be continue to build off of this without watering down the flavor.
I have a feeling that 2009 is going to be a big year for Federico Uribe. His tipping point is near. Kanye West featured Uribe’s work on his blog just two days ago. It’s only a matter of time before the masses take notice.
Enjoy these photographs, but don’t live vicariously through them. Get off of your couch, throw the kids in el pisicorre, and head over to Praxis International (2219 NW 2 AVE – 305.573.2900) before it’s too late. You do want to be the envy of your friends, don’t you?
Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with dash – real estate company and can be reached at 305-491-7179 or SalgadoA@gmail.com.