08 Jul Artists I Grew Up With: Carlos Uribe
To say that Carlos Uribe and I grew up together might be silly, because it was probably not until 1985 or so that I met him in Oakland, California. By that time I was nearly 30.
He had left New York to spend a few years…away. To his credit; many native New Yorkers never do that. (More now than in the past. Maybe it was that map from The New Yorker that shamed them out of their odd, center-of-the-universe outlook. Or maybe it was the Internet that finally persuaded New Yorkers that there is, indeed, a great big world ‘out there.’)
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I met Carlos through Caryl Henry and Andre Kreft. He is sculpted beautiful by his Colombian ancestry, which is all I noticed at first. Don’t think I knew much about his work but he swam in the sea of artists and print makers, graphic designers, actors, and even athletes that were making the scene in the East Bay in the late 70s and early 80s. West Oakland. West Berkeley. Inching toward the now-posh Emeryville, which wasn’t where most people would have wanted to live at that time. Then he went home to New York and I forgot about him.
Fast forward to the ’90s and, re-entrenched for several years on the East Coast with two young children, I found myself riding the wake of Caryl’s waves to the studio near Poughkeepsie, New York where Carlos was then living and working. It was an art colony in the early part of the 20th century, and on the grounds is an old industrial building, heavy and stately, big enough to support the making of huge works of art. It’s right on the Hudson River, high above the Hudson Line railway that runs day and night along the river’s edge. It is here that I first saw the Mystic Cube series and fell in love with it.
It wasn’t on that first trip, but on the next that I came home with the two pieces which today dominate my small living room. From that time to now I’ve been tracking him. He is back in Gotham City now, and I am thrilled and honored to be representing him since I have an authentic and longstanding enthusiasm for his work.
I hope you’ll join us at Pyramid Atlantic Center in Silver Spring, Maryland this September for a group show that will include Carlos Uribe’s silkscreen prints. Please mark your calendars for the opening: Saturday, September 6 from 5 – 8:00 p.m.