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Uribe’s first “reverse” panda. A reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. The artist is subtly asking the viewers to question the significance that we place on skin color and ethnicity.
Federico loves the innocence and allure of baby pandas.
They are benign animals and seem to be full of whimsy and joy.
He playfully poses them in positions that invite the viewer to mimic their postures, and inevitably smile.
The subject matter and media that Federico Uribe chooses are often deliberately incongruous.
His Pandas made out of bullet shells contain a stark juxtaposition between an innocent creature and a violent object.
This contrast calls, first, for close inspection of the construction details and, then, introspection about the artist’s meaning.
Uribe does not advocate a political agenda, rather in whatever medium he uses, he asks you to step out of your comfort zone for a moment and into his world to marvel at something you’ve never seen before.
The media may appropriately inspire political or philosophical debate; however, the artist’s only intention is to encourage the viewer to see objects, which typically have a sole function, in a new and optimistic way.
Uribe believes that these bullet sculptures are successful if they can make an observer smile, despite the fact that they are made out of a historically maleficent symbol.
ARTIST: Federico Uribe (1962, Colombian)
CREATION YEAR: 2020
MEDIUM: Metal,Brass, Found Objects
MOVEMENT & STYLE: Contemporary
CONDITION: New – See Condition Descriptions
H 14 in. x W 11 in. x D 11 in.
H 35.56 cm x W 27.94 cm x D 27.94 cm
New York, NY
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