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Gracias

Gracias
plywood, pine, poplar, paint, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord. 5’ x 5’ x 7’

Bound

Bound
red oak, poplar, plywood, latex, screws. 6’ x 2’ x 5”

Renacimiento (Detail)

Renacimiento (Detail)
PLA, ash, maple. 36" x 3"x 3"

El Morro

El Morro
screenprint, pencil. 3.5"x3.5"

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About Eric

Baltimore City

Eric Rivera Barbeito was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1994 and received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Integrating a multimedia approach to his practice, Rivera Barbeito taps into a diverse field of art-making processes to give visual representation to concepts centering around the present condition of his home country. Aside from making objects considered by some to be art, he enjoys meeting friendly dogs on the street, talking to his plants, and the occasional cold... more

Gracias

Gracias (2017), a site-specific structure that resembles a small shed, makes use of standard tropical architectural imagery and an attached air conditioning unit to portray ineffective design. Its walls, made to mimic concrete ornamental blocks commonly found in the Caribbean fail to contain the cooled air that the unit provides. The air conditioning unit, in turn, derives its power from a larger structure that dwarfs Gracias, and reiterates the persistent colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

  • Gracias

    Gracias
    plywood, pine, poplar, paint, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord. 5’ x 5’ x 7’
  • Gracias

    Gracias
    plywood, pine, poplar, paint, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord. 5’ x 5’ x 7’
  • Gracias (Detail)

    Gracias
    plywood, pine, poplar, paint, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord. 5’ x 5’ x 7’
  • Gracias (Detail)

    Gracias
    plywood, pine, poplar, paint, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord. 5’ x 5’ x 7’
  • Gracias

    Gracias
    plywood, pine, poplar, paint, metal roofing, a/c unit, extension cord. 5’ x 5’ x 7’

Conjunto

On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria ripped through the island of Puerto Rico. This series of objects attempts to record and represent the new-normals that shape a post-Maria landscape.

Pensamientos

Pensamientos (2016-Present) is a ongoing series of small mixed media paintings that serve as visual contemplations on themes of nativity, nationality, cultural identity and confusion, and political dependency. Each example shown is 3.5" x 3.5", and employs a mixed process of printmaking, painting, and drawing.

Bound + Arcos

Bound (2017) is a sculpture that explores the inherent traits of steam bending wood; imposed stress, manipulation, and molding in order to obtain a desired form. The ongoing Arco series focuses on material sourcing and subsequent use, taking inspiration from and emphasizing the structural and visual characteristics of plywood.

  • Bound

    Bound
    red oak, poplar, plywood, latex, screws. 6’ x 2’ x 5”
  • Bound

    Bound
    red oak, poplar, plywood, latex, screws. 6’ x 2’ x 5”
  • Bound

    Bound
    red oak, poplar, plywood, latex, screws. 6’ x 2’ x 5”
  • Grama

    Grama
    laminated plywood, artificial grass. 11" x 8" x 4"
  • Grama

    Grama
    laminated plywood, artificial grass. 11" x 8" x 4"
  • Arco Parcha

    Arco Parcha
    laminated plywood, acrylic. 18” x 30” x 5”
  • Arco Parcha (Detail)

    Arco Parcha (Detail)
    laminated plywood, acrylic. 18” x 30” x 5”
  • Arco Parcha (Detail)

    Arco Parcha (Detail)
    laminated plywood, acrylic. 18” x 30” x 5”

El Combo

El Combo is the result of focused studies on color, material, and form.

  • Blue

    Blue
    maple, paint. 8"x 2.5"x 3"
  • Yellow

    Yellow
    ash, white oak, formica, plexiglas, paint. 7” x 5” x 3.5”
  • Bubinga

    Bubinga
    bubinga. 7"x 6"x 4"
  • Green

    Green
    white oak, paint. 6" x 3.5" x 4"
  • Red

    Red
    heat-treated poplar, paint. 9" x 3" x4"
  • Walnut & Oak

    Walnut & Oak
    walnut, white oak. 7" x 4" x 4"
  • El Pequeño

    El Pequeño
    poplar, paint. 7" x 5" x 3"

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