Originally from Bogota, Columbia, Uribe’s work is influenced by his “dark reflections on the Catholic sense of pain, guilt and sexuality.” Several of his compositions feature tortured faces or figures buried underneath heavy objects. In others, limbs and strands of hair reach out, searching for a place to make a connection. The bright colors of the wires draw the audience into subjects that belie a brooding sense of anxious contemplation. Flowing like veins, the wires resemble the impasto brush strokes of artists like Van Gogh, giving the paintings a sensual quality.

Uribe has an attraction to using everyday objects for his pieces. Previously, he has taken advantage of pencil tips and gardening tools to complete his works, letting the material dictate the overall compositions. “As much as I can, I try to respect the materials the way they are and try not to change the conditions they come with. They have their own beauty, and I have to respect that.” he says. Enjoying the “plastic possibilities” of found objects, he relies on the shape to guide what it will become instead of focusing on its originally intended function. Much of his medium comes to his studio by chance, donated by friends. Unlike paint, which he abandoned in 1996, the repurposed materials carry an emotional resonance of their past utilitarian origins.

Emulating the process of embroidery, Uribe uses each pencil to create a studded surface, and he builds up the colored points and ends to create mass. Since colored pencils are a traditional material for making art, the artist wanted to buck the trend and use the medium in a new way while developing a new creative process. Gathering colored nubs of all sizes, he separates them into individual colors, then creates his masterpieces by drawing from each pool of color.

For the exhibition, Uribe reimagined these pencil stubs into bright and luscious objects. A larger than life, juicy orange segment is made up of hundreds of oranges and yellows, sectioned off with thin strips of white pencils. Dark brown pencils swirl to make the chocolate frosting of a donut, with a light cream pencils making up a bite taken out of one side.  For a large hanging ice cream cone, Uribe combined the pink pencils that made up the scoop and cherry with his signature use of other hardware objects – dozens of plastic fasteners make up the cone.

In addition to the sweet treats, Uribe used full pencils to make create dueling keyboards in black and white. The artist also constructed a life-size traffic light, whose varying shades of green and red resemble the iridescence of the reflective lights.

The Miami-based Colombian artist has created a body of work using other unexpected objects to create sculptures – including screws, shoes, and shoe laces. His repurposed sculptures reimagine the useful life of these objects, turning trash into beautiful sculptures.


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