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Go_On Quench (video still)

Go-On Quench, 2018 Video Still of Performance & Video Poem *Commissioned site-specific performance piece & video poem work for “Journey to Aztlan” exhibition, curated by Ashley Dehoyos at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery at Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX). This work explores a journey through the myth of Aztlan and its relation to modern migration and land.

Where Pathways Meet

Where Pathways Meet, 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. Dimensions vary. Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong. *Installation view of Where Pathway's Meet, installed at Baltimore Light City 2019; location at Pier 5, Pierce Park, Inner Harbour

Icaro No.3 (Prelude), video still

Video still of Icaro No. 3

In the Beginning There is No End (detail view)

In the Beginning There is No End (detail view) 2019 Camouflage straps, camouflage fabric, gel screens, stainless steel, copper, and wood. 3’ x 3’

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About Erick Antonio

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Erick Antonio Benitez (b.1988, Bronx, NY) is a Salvadorian-American multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer and curator based in Baltimore, MD. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has exhibited work at Connor Smith Gallery (DC), The Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Greenpoint Gallery (NY), Real Milk Studios (GA), Gaddis Geeslin Gallery (TX),  Strange Fire Collective (CO), Metafora Studio Arts (Barcelona, ES) and Simultan Festival (Timișoara, RO). His work has been... more

A New Place To Hide

A New Place To Hide
2019
Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on strechted thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound.
Dimension vary to space
* This was installation was presented at CCBC Essex Gallery for "Innumerable Roads: Hyphenated Spaces, Migration, and Refuge" group exhibition curated by Jessica Walton. Exhibtion dates: Oct 2019 - Dec 2019

A New Place To Hide is an immersive 2 channel projection mapping and sound piece overlaid acrylic on stretched thermal mylar panels (50 canvas, 10” x 8”). Each panel contains a silhouette of a plant species native to major geographical regions that refugees have left or migrated from. These regions include countries from Central America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. The thermal mylar is the same material used by refugees and migrants during their travels as a layer of protection during harsh weather conditions. The imagery projected on the wall and panels is video footage various landscapes and natural environments, representing the journey of the migrant as well as the lands and bodies of nature one must traverse and overcome to survive. The accompanying soundscapes is a compilation of field recordings of various landscapes such as deserts, rainforests, and bodies of water.

  • A New Place To Hide_1

    A New Place To Hide 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_2

    A New Place To Hide (detail view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_3

    A New Place To Hide (detail view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_4

    A New Place To Hide (detail view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_5

    A New Place To Hide (detail view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_6

    A New Place To Hide (detail view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_7

    A New Place To Hide (installation view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space
  • A New Place To Hide_8

    A New Place To Hide (detail view) 2019 Multimedia Installation: 50 (10" x 8" panels) acrylic on stretched thermal mylar on canvas, 2 channel projection mapping ( 12ft x 36ft), and sound. Dimension vary to space

Where Pathways Meet

Where Pathways Meet is a collaborative immersive multimedia installation consisting of light and sound sculptures by Erick Antonio Benitez and Sutton Demlong. Visitors are invited to a whimsical Garden Maze that includes several rainbow spines and a series of planters, housing acrylic shaped plants that can be accessed from any direction. A rainbow spine portal is a sequence of wooden rectilinear sculptures with colorful inside edges. Each square form in the spine is interlinked through beams that attach to the next. The interior planes of the square frames are designed with glowing LED lights.

Many of the plants in the interactive garden are present in our lives as commodities, and rarely as a living things. The commodification of these plants allows us to experience their benefits regardless of geography. Often our only access to these plants is through a screen, processed goods, or a curated garden.
Where Pathways Meet is a celebration of our experience with various flora from around the world and embraces the sometimes simulated aspects of those encounters.This project is an examination and a reflection on our relationship with the natural world and how it intersects the human made world.

This work was commissioned and installed at Baltimore Light City Festival, November 2019 at Pierce Park located in Pier 5 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

  • Where Pathways Meet_1

    Where Pathways Meet (installation view), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. Dimensions vary (tallest planter 5' x 3' x 5", smallest planter 3' x 3' x 5"). Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_2

    Where Pathways Meet (installation view with portal and planter sculptures), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. Dimensions vary (Portal: 8' x 10' x 8', planters 4' x 3' x 5"). Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_3

    Where Pathways Meet (detail view), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. 5' x 3' x 5". Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_4

    Where Pathways Meet (installation view), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. Dimensions vary (portal 8' x 10' x 8', tallest planter 5' x 3' x 5", smallest planter 3' x 3' x 5"). Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_5

    Where Pathways Meet (detail view), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. Dimensions vary (tallest planter 5' x 3' x 5", smallest planter 3' x 3' x 5"). Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_6

    Where Pathways Meet (detail view), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. 5' x 3' x 5". Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_7

    Where Pathways Meet (detail view of Portal at night), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights. 8' x 8' x 12'. Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_8

    Where Pathways Meet (installation view at night), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. Dimensions vary. Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_9

    Where Pathways Meet (detail view at night), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, and LED lights. 7' x 8' 7'. Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.
  • Where Pathways Meet_10

    Where Pathways Meet (detail view), 2019, Laser cut acrylic, wood, LED lights, Arduino with PIR motion sensors, and sound. 3' x 3' x 5". Collaborative project with Sutton Demlong for Baltimore Light City Festival Commission. Installation view at Pierce Park, Pier 5, Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Portrait of the Living Sky

Portrait of the Living Sky" is multimedia installation focusing on how we interpret and interact with traveling as a means of research, discovery, and stimuli through the lens of a digital-physical perspective. The installation is inspired by site-specific travel within the locations of Iquitos (Peruvian Amazon), Montreal (Quebec, Canada) & Baltimore (Maryland, US). Within these geographical location, this work examines the sonic landscapes, infrastructure, and relationships to each other and how it's translation echoes from something of memory, archive, or a physical reminisce or ornament . The process of interpreting these locations after traveling through them back to back becomes a cathartic experience of time, space, and growth for the traveler. Portrait of the Living Sky is an experimental ode to this sentiment and experience. This project was commissioned by Pigment Sauvage Program: La Track/ The Track and exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore.

La Track / The Track is born from the will to build bridges between Montreal and Baltimore. All six multidisciplinary Canadian artists and collectives invited (performance art, visual arts, sound art and art installation) attended a 2-3-week residency at Pigment Sauvage between February and October 2019, including a public presentation at the end. The 5 artists from Baltimore attended a residency in August 2019 in Montréal to feel the vibe and be inspired by the city. After these residencies, their their work will be showcased in 2 collective exhibitions, the first, this exhibition, in Baltimore (ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art), then in Montréal (Galerie B-312)in February, 2020. This project, curated by Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron, aims at the elaboration of a mixed-gender, multidisciplinary, multicultural, inclusive, respectful and open-minded program.

Geared towards disorientation, rootlessness and encounters, the projects will explore the way our relationship with the act of creation is affected by changes in scenery and culture. How can movement, shifting locations and the unknown characterize one’s identity, may it be cultural, historical, political or sexual? What do we bring back and what is left behind when we leave? A person? A state of mind? How do we mark our territory? What way of shattering conventions do we have? Making the limits undistinguishable? Blurring the lines? How do we (re)write history?

  • Portrait of the Living Sky_1

    Portrait of the Living Sky (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: assorted theater lights, video (2x tv monitor screens; 20"inch each), 35" x 27" archival photograph on copper pipe, cnc laser cut acrylic plexiglass (fluorescent yellow), steel, glass, drone remote, artificial leaves, camouflage ratchet straps, latex painted grid on wall and polyester belt with assorted essential oils found at Lexington Market.
  • Portrait of the Living Sky_2

    Portrait of the Living Sky (detail view), 2019. 33" x 27" archival cotton photograph on copper pipe. Dimension vary. The photograph is an image of two pairs of shoes hanging from power line in the Hardwood neighborhood of Baltimore, MD.
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: assorted theater lights, cnc laser cut acrylic plexiglass (fluorescent yellow), steel, latex painted grid on wall and polyester belt with assorted essential oils found at Lexington Market.
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (detail view), 2019. CNC laser cut acrylic plexiglass (fluorescent yellow), steel, glass, latex painted grid on wall and polyester belt with assorted essential oils in glass found at Lexington Market (Baltimore).
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: assorted theater lights, CNC laser cut acrylic plexiglass (fluorescent yellow), steel, glass.
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: assorted theater lights, video (2x tv monitor screens; 20"inch each), 35" x 27" archival photograph on copper pipe, CNC laser cut acrylic plexiglass (fluorescent yellow), steel, glass, drone remote, artificial leaves, camouflage ratchet straps, and polyester belt with assorted essential oils found at Lexington Market. The video contains a montage of footage taken during travels to Montreal (Canada), Iquitos (Peruvian Amazon Jungle), & Baltimore (MD).
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: detail view of ratchet straps on steel, theater assorted lights overlayed on latex painted grid on the wall.
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: detail view of an artificial leaf (found in Baltimore), assorted theater lights overlayed on latex painted grid on the wall.
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: assorted theater lights, TV monitor, and latex painted grid on the exhibition wall. The imager content on this video contains a montage of travels to Montreal (Canada), Iquitos (Peruvian Amazon Jungle), & Baltimore (Maryland, US).
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    Portrait of the Living Sky (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: detail view of assorted theater lights overlayed on latex painted grid, and glass ornament found from a Baltimore rowhouse chandelier.

Hidden & Unseen

Hidden & Unseen is a collaborative installation by Ariel C Foster & Erick Antonio Benitez, included in the exhibition Foliaform curated by Alex Ebstein at the Silber Gallery at Goucher College.

Curatorial Statement: Foliaform, a group exhibition that explores humans’ relationship with plants. The work approaches the subject from multiple perspectives, presenting this exchange as exploitative, curated, synthetic, immersive or an attempt to tame or manicure something innately wild. The artists grapple with the intersections between human identity, culture, and the natural world, as well as the effects of rapid technological advancement on individuals. Many of the pieces comment on human want for contact with nature, and the contradicting desire to construct a “natural environment” to interact with on humans’ own terms. Behind the work exists the unseen close physical interaction between artist and material, which contributes to a feeling of intimacy with the viewer.

Hidden & Unseen
2019
Multimedia Installation : Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves , gel screens, and theater assorted lights.
Dimension vary according to space
*Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez

  • Hidden & Unseen_1

    Hidden & Unseen (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_2

    Hidden & Unseen (installation view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_3

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_4

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_5

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_6

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_7

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_8

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_9

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez
  • Hidden & Unseen_10

    Hidden & Unseen (detail view), 2019. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping on suspended linocut printed fabric, sound, found tree log and branches, clay, leaves, gel screens, and theater assorted lights. Dimension vary according to space. Hidden and Unseen is collaborative installation derived from a former project titled Plant•Sa•Tion, work created by Ariel C Foster and Erick Antonio Benitez

Selected 2D & 3D Works

This project feature a compilation of recent 2D & 3D works that explore the use of textiles, painting, and sculpture. The work aims to push the boundries of what we consider a medium into an abstraction of how we view material itself. Focusing largely on camouflage textiles the work also draws inspiration from the history of landscape painting through a contemporary lens of abstract and minimal aesthetics. Conceptually this work also examines and reappropriates the idea of how we associate camouflage in a political landscape. Instead the work aspires to change our perception of camouflage, as it fundamentally branches out as an abstraction of nature itself.

  • Sunset (over La Guajira)

    Sunset (over La Guajira), 2019. Camouflage straps and airbrush on stretched camouflage fabric. 17” x 20” x 3". This work was recently on view at Catalyst Contemporary Gallery (Baltimore, MD) May 2019.
  • In the Beginning There is No End (detail view)

    In the Beginning, There is No End, 2019. Camouflage straps, camouflage fabric, gel screens, stainless steel, copper, and wood. 3’ x 3’. Recently on view at Catalyst Contemporary Gallery inaugural exhibition May 2019.
  • Praeteritum (Saeta)

    Praeteritum (Saeta), 2019. Artificial leaves, camouflage straps, sand spray, collage, spray paint, and oil on wood. 32.5” x 25” x 3.5”. Recently on view at Catalyst Contemporary Gallery inaugural exhibition May 2019.
  • Leaf Catcher / Arkestry (installation view)

    Leaf Catcher (left), 2018. Sand and camouflage fabric on wood. 10" x 10" x 2". Arkestry (right), 2018. Camouflage net, camouflage mylar, camouflage strap, and astroturf on wood. 10" x 10" x 2". Installation view at Real Milk Studios Gallery (Atlanta, GA) November 2018
  • Leaf Catcher

    Leaf Catcher, 2018. Sand and camouflage fabric on wood. 10" x 10" x 2"
  • Arkestry

    Arkestry, 2018. Camouflage net, camouflage mylar, camouflage strap, and astroturf on wood. 10" x 10" x 2"
  • Half the Gradient Hugs the Wall

    Half the Gradient Hugs the Wall (From above and below), 2018. Oil and embroidery on stretched camouflage fabric. 24" x 17" x 1".
  • Sunflower's after Van Gogh No.3

    Sunflowers after Van Gogh No.3, 2018. Acrylic, camouflage ratchet straps on stretched camouflage fabric. 42" x 15" x 1"
  • Desierto Wirikuta (Desert Wirikuta)

    Desierto Wirikuta (Desert Wirikuta), 2019, Acrylic, embroidery, camouflage ratchet straps and net on stretched thermal mylar. 20" x 16" x 1"
  • The Shadows of Airplanes Up in the Sky

    The Shadows of Airplanes Up in the Sky, 2018. Acrylic, embroidery, camouflage ratchet straps and net on stretched thermal mylar. 20” x 16” x 1".

Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra

Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra ( This Land Is Your Land) , 2018 (on-going)

Multimedia : Video projection, spray paint on wood, foam core, soundscapes, assorted sand and dirt from various border sites, found clothing articles and belongings, yucca flowers, seashells, candles, immersive text, barb wire, photographs, and other found objects.

*Installation view at The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD)

Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (This Land Is Your Land) is an ongoing, immersive multimedia installation focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border and its effects on human lives. In the winter of 2015 and the summer 2016, Baltimore-based artist Erick Antonio Benitez traveled along the entirety of the border that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, visiting numerous sites including migrant shelters (both in the US and Mexico), Tent City Jail recently closed for its horrific human rights violations and various border landscapes. His poetic and sonic documentary captures interactions at Friendship Park, where residents of the United States and Mexico are permitted to meet face-to-face across a 100-foot, semi- transparent span of fencing. This work also includes on-site interviews with border agents, migrants, minute men, as well as footage of the different border sites along US and Mexico.

At the border, Benitez captured field recordings, photographs, video footage and collected sand, dirt, rocks, seashells, yucca flowers, and discarded personal belongings. He preserves and enshrines these objects within the installation as ritual offerings to those who have lost their lives on their journey to the United States.

***This work was installed at the Baltimore Museum of Art for the Sondheim Finalist Exhibition. This project was awarded the 2018 Walter and Janet Sondheim award juried by Lauren Cornell, Margo Norton, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

  • Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra_1

    Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (This Land Is Your Land), 2016 - present. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping, sound, text, metallic spray paint on wood, spray paint on foam core, assorted sand and dirt from various border sites (NM, AZ, TX, & CA), found clothing articles and belongings, seashells and rocks. 10" x 12" x 7". Installation view at The Baltimore Museum of Art for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Award Exhibition 06/2018 - 08/2018.
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    Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (This Land Is Your Land), 2016 - present. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping, sound, text, metallic spray paint on wood, spray paint on foam core, assorted sand and dirt from various border sites (NM, AZ, TX, & CA), found clothing articles and belongings, seashells and rocks. 10" x 12" x 7". Installation view at The Baltimore Museum of Art for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Award Exhibition 06/2018 - 08/2018.
  • Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra_3

    Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (detail view), 2016 - present. Multimedia Installation: Projection mapping, sound, text, metallic spray paint on wood, spray paint on foam core, assorted sand, and dirt from various border sites (NM, AZ, TX, & CA), found clothing articles and belongings, seashells and rocks. 10" x 12" x 7". Installation view at The Baltimore Museum of Art for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Award Exhibition 06/2018 - 08/2018.
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    Sanctuary #2, 2018 Archival Cotton Rag Photographs, clothesline rope, and clothespin clips, 42” x 90” * This photographic installation was part of the Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra installation. All photographs are all captured during a research trip to the US-Mexico border.
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    Border Agent Glove and Prisoner Dice, 2016. Latex glove and half dice. Dimensions vary.* Found objects collected during a research trip to the US-Mexico border in 2016; border agent glove found at El Paso, Texas border site. Half dice found at Maricopa County Tent City Jail.
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    Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (documentary), 2016 - ongoing. Moving Image and sound. 30" TV Monitor. *This video features documentation of the US-Mexico Border spanning its entirety from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. Documentation was captured in the summer of 2016. The imagery contains footage from migrant interviews, minutemen, border agents, migrant centers, and different landscapes found along the US Mexico border.
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    Border (diptych), 2016. Epson Archival Matte Photograph. 4 x 19 (top) & 4.5 x 19 (bottom) * Image one was captured at the San Diego-Tijuana border site. Image two was captured near the border site of Yuma, AZ & Mexicali, MX.
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    Pink Towel (from Tent City Jail), 2016 - present. Cotton pink towel. 16" x 7" x 8" *This pink towel is an artifact gathered during the second research phase of “Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra” during the summer of 2016. Found objects collected from “Tent City Jail” formerly located in Maricopa County, Arizona. Tent City Jail was alleged to racially profile migrants in the area and housing Inmates under cruel and inhuman conditions.
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    Installation view video documentation of Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (This Land Is Your Land); on-view at The Baltimore Museum of Art for 2018 Janet and Walter Sondheim exhibition.
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    Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra (Documentary Excerpt ): This is a video excerpt of the documentary for Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra, which was part of the installation at The Baltimore Museum of Art for the 2018 Walter & Janet Sondheim Award. This video features documentation from site-specific research at the US Mexico border. Footage contains imagery from the Sonoran Desert (Arizona), Friendship Park ( San-Diego, US & Tijuana, MEX) and interviews and accounts of migrants and refugees.

A City Of Magic Carpets

A City of Magic Carpets is an exhibition exploring an imaginative place between interior and exterior landscapes through the language of painting, textiles, and tactile materials. Motifs of nature, fashion, and objects found within interior spaces are references used to reinvent ways of seeing material and the weight it carries. A City of Magic Carpets explores the nuances of materiality through its relation with the human body and its figurative connection with surrounding landscapes.

Drawing inspiration from the audio poem, The Bristol Project by Vito Acconci, this work examines a parallel connection of imagery and non-fictional worlds intersecting one another into abstractions and visual metaphors. The line, “Now it's the land itself here who is a body, a body of land, it's the water itself that's a body of water,” expresses the notion of imagery we understand outside of its common context. Like Acconci’s word play, the textile paintings found in this work are constantly reinterpreted and reimagined outside of it’s ordinary function.

Through the use of camouflage textiles, floral embroidery imagery and thermal mylar blankets, A City of Magic Carpets opens a metaphysical dialogue to dissolve and reexamine our understanding of landscape. The way the material transcends past it’s psychological associations, gives new perspective on how one can interpret the concept of landscape outside of the common human experience.

*** Link to Poem by Vito Acconci
https://ubusound.memoryoftheworld.org/acconci_vito/Acconci-Vito_The-Bristol-Project_2001.mp3

A City of Magic Carpets is the first inaugural contemporary exhibition presented at the North and South Galleries of Baltimore City Hall in October 2018

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    A City Of Magic Carpets (South Gallery installation view), 2018, Mixed media installation. Dimensions vary. A City of Magic Carpets is the first inaugural contemporary exhibition presented at the North and South Galleries of Baltimore City Hall in October 2018
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    Journey to Satchidananda (detail view), 2018. Camouflage fabric, beads, found leaves, artificial fall leaves, and steel. 2" x 4" x 8". Detail view of Journey to Satchidananda with the installation of a painted mural of arched windows with pants found at City Hall building & arched window with a mural painting of desert camouflage pattern.
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    Journey to Satchidananda (detail view), 2018. Camouflage fabric, beads, found leaves, artificial fall leaves, and steel. 2" x 4" x 8". Detail view of Journey to Satchidananda with the installation of a painted mural of arched windows with pants found at City Hall building & arched window with a mural painting of desert camouflage pattern.
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    The Shadows of Airplanes Up in the Sky (left), 2018. Acrylic, embroidery, camouflage ratchet straps and net on stretched thermal mylar. 20” x 16. Body Swimming Out into the Water (middle), 2018. Acrylic, embroidery, camouflage ratchet straps and netting on stretched thermal mylar. 20” x 16”. Look, It’s a body, floating into the Land (right), 2018. Acrylic, embroidery, camouflage ratchet straps and netting on stretched thermal mylar 20” x 16” *** Installation view in S. Gallery at Baltimore City Hall
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    El Concierto de Aranjuez (detail view), 2018. Barbwire, artificial fall leaves, artificial lavender plants, astroturf, and wood. 2' x 4' x 4'.
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    A City Of Magic Carpets (Installation view of North Gallery), 2018, Mixed media installation. Dimensions vary. A City of Magic Carpets is the first inaugural contemporary exhibition presented at the North and South Galleries of Baltimore City Hall in October 2018
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    El Concierto de Aranjuez (installation view), 2018. Barbwire, artificial fall leaves, artificial lavender plants, astroturf, camouflage fabric and wood. 2' x 4' x 4'.
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    It’s the land, here, that’s a body, a body of land, 2018. Oil on stretched camouflage fabric, curtains, and metal rod. 65” x 48” x 3½”
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    Icaros (Installation view), 2018. Acrylic on stretched thermal mylar. 8' x 16' (10” x 8” panels)
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    Will o’ the Wisp (Ode to Miles Davis), 2018. Camouflage net mounted on stretched thermal mylar and steel chain. 16” x 23” x 1½”

Eroica

Eroica is collaborative multimedia installation and performance piece by the dancer Neeka Reeves and multidisciplinary artist Erick Antonio Benitez. Eroica is a work intended to examine the boundaries and struggles faced by African American women in modern-day America and how these circumstances translate into a search and longing for freedom through the exploration of origins and roots. Using symbols of nature and movement, Eroica suggests and explores the ideas of self-empowerment and myth. To create freedom where it was not given, to find freedom where it was lost, to manifest freedom, where it was forgotten, are all questions that Eroica invites the viewer to reflect upon. Eroica presents a narrative of a African American women who faces the day to day challenges being marginalized by the color of her skin and gender. A voice that has been silenced by this outcome is expressed through a metamorphosis of the inner voice. Through the channeling of ritual and dance, the inner voice is capable of transcending the individual into a place of freedom. Ultimately Eroica evokes a myth of freedom that liberates an oppressed individual.

The installation and performance of Eroica is composed of movement, sound performance and a visual installation made of video projections and found objects.

The performance element of Eroica is a call and response between the dancer and musician through a method of improvisation with a loose choreographed structure. The musician creates compositions with field recordings, acoustic and electronic instruments. The dancer's role includes dialogue, dance, and interaction with the visual installation. The visual installation includes a projection within the space of the performance to fabricate symbols and visual cues that amplifies the narrative of Eroica. These projections culminate images found in nature, city infrastructures and symbols. To complement the visual aesthetic, an installation of physical natural found objects is installed to enhance the ritual elements of the movements found in Eroica.

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    Eroica (detail view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 1. Assorted sand, found plants, a wooden bowl with charcoal. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (installation view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 2. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (detail view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 3. Assorted sand, found plants, a wooden bowl with charcoal. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (detail view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 4. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (detail view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 5. Sound Performance featuring clarinet, adunga, midi pads, sampler and Ableton live assortment. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (detail view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 6. Assorted sand, found plants, a wooden bowl with charcoal. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (installation view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 7. Assorted sand, found plants, a wooden bowl with charcoal. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (installation view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 8. Assorted sand, found plants, a wooden bowl with charcoal. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (installation view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 9. Assorted sand, found plants, a wooden bowl with charcoal. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.
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    Eroica (detail view), 2017, Performance & Installation Still 1. Dimensions vary *This installation and performance piece was hosted at Labbodies Performance Review: Freedom exhibition at SpaceCamp Gallery.

Selected Video Works

This portfolio feature a compoliation of selected video works from the past few years.

  • Icaro No.3 (Prelude)

    This video work feature video content taken from recent site-specific research trip to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.The imagery features drone footage of the Pacaya Samiria Reservation located in the northern Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The sound composition on this video work feature sample excerpts from Pauline Oliveros lectures on Deep Listening mixed with original field recording taken at the Amazon Jungle. The sound is also mixed with electro acoustic instruments and digital software.
  • Go-On Quench, 2018

    Go-On Quench 2018 Video & Sound Duration: 3:37 minutes *Commissioned site-specific performance piece & video poem work for “Journey to Aztlan” exhibition, curated by Ashley Dehoyos at the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery at Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX). This work explores a journey through the myth of Aztlan and its relation to modern migration and land.
  • Rito del Sol

    This video work is conceptually inspired by the idea of building a meditative connection and experience with the presence of the sun and its a co-existing role with our planet The images depicted from this video were captured from a sunrise that took place at the Gulf of Mexico ( between the border of Mexico and the US). In contrast to the moving images, the piece includes original sound composition composed of on-site field recordings, acoustic instruments, electronic sound designs and wave files from NASA (recorded light waves of the sun by a satellite, then transcribed in to sound waves).
  • Sensations of the earth

    Sensations of the Earth, 2017 Moving Image and Sound dimensions vary Moving Image and Sound ( samples that were projected on the Linocut Tapestries) for the project Hidden & Unseen, presented at Silber Gallery at Goucher College for the group exhibition titled Folia Form. All images are authentic video footage captured during various travels instances in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and the Shenandoah mountains. All sounds are part of an original composition composed from field recordings (from various nature locations) and electro acoustic processed audio.

Selected Sound Works

This portfolio is a compilation of sound works and compositions for different projects involving sound performances, sound art pieces, and music projects from the past few years.

  • Light Chamber

    Light Chambers, 2015 Sound Composition for a collaborative performance piece titled “Transcendence”, which consists of sound and movement artist. Sound is composed of processed drums, electronics, Peruvian sheep nails, and violin.
  • Teorias (Theories)

    Teorias (Theory), 2017 Sound Intro track to an experimental mixtape composed of field recordings, processed instruments and samples. This project was inspired by Hip-Hop, Myth, Kung-Fu, and Redemption.
  • Anamorphosis

    Anamorphosis, 2017 Sound This is sound sample from original composition (20:00 min) of Eroica Performance/Installation work.This work features field recording and electro acoustic processed audio with live instruments.
  • Eroica I

    Eroica I, 2017 Sound This is sound sample from original composition (20:00 min) of Eroica Performance/Installation work. This work features field recording and electro acoustic processed audio with live instruments.
  • Rio Palomino

    Rio Palomino, 2017 Sound composition contains field recordings of the Chilean Airport (Santiago), Sierra Nevada (Colombia) and electro acoustic processes sounds on Ableton.

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