Born in Bogata, Columbia, Federico Uribe has worked in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and ultimately Miami, Florida. His unique blend of sculpture, mixed-media and paint, results in whimsical and eclectic works of art that invite viewers to marvel at his methods of construction. He intertwines a variety of materials in unexpected ways, reflecting a playful and colorful aesthetic. The artist explains that “it’s about making sculptures that look beautiful. Then you go to the fact that it’s made out of something. I don’t want the first step for people to be seeing what it’s made of. I want them to recognize a tree, a cat, a monkey and a cloud, and then realize what they’re made out of.”
In this piece, Uribe encourages the viewer to enjoy the seemingly tranquil locale, a watering hole amidst grassy foliage, yet he adds a lot of unexpected action. Play a scavenger hunt game and first look for all the different animals in the scene. Then, as the artist recommends, marvel at the creative ways he composed the materials to create each element. Interacting in this way with an original Uribe is the best way to appreciate it!
Sculptures by Peter Anton always get a lot of attention at museum exhibitions! His mixed-media works are created through a tedious process of carving, sanding, painting and constructing, in order to get the giant-sized, yet realistic looking version of his subject just right. Anton explains, “Through the use of humor, scale, irony, and intensity in my forms, the foods we take for granted become aesthetically pleasing and seductive in atypical ways. I like to create art that can lure, charm, tease, disarm and surprise.”
Like artist Claes Oldenburg, Anton enjoys reconstructing everyday objects by playing with materials and scale. His focus on depicting all types of food, especially candy and sweets, is reminiscent of the California artist Wayne Thiebaud’s still life paintings of desserts.
In honor of the seasons, there are three works by Anton on view at the museum. Look for Watermelon to represent summer, Pecan Pie for the Thanksgiving holiday in the fall and a giant box of Valentine’s Day candy to commemorate the winter celebration of love. All three pieces are supersized and filled with wonder to make these holiday symbols a whimsical part of The Seasons exhibition.