Eric Garduño’s work provides an intellectual aesthetic that is informed by both philosophical subjects and his deep relationship to the landscape of his native Santa Fe. Visual elements such as pattern, contrast, and simple geometric shapes are frequently employed in Garduño’s formalist practice. Among these is a familiar triangular shape through which the artist explores an ongoing interest in the symmetry, structural strength and symbolism of the equilateral.
Garduño is also known for his charcoal drawings that use simple geometry to explore archetypical motifs that frequently consist of high contrast stripes and geometric shapes to create "visual manifestations of power, that draw on native and tribal traditions such as textiles and ceramics" . In the fall of 2014, Garduño expanded his practice to include sculptural works that build on his childhood impulses to collect, refine and reconfigure. Unlike the precision of the drawings however, the objects come from a place of rough, raw and immature construction. Composed primarily from found locally objects, they reflect a strong sense of place and history having weathered New Mexico's harsh environment.
Eric Garduño received his MFA from Yale University in 2006. His work has been exhibited in multiple museums, galleries, and art centers nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, SITE Santa Fe, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Contemporary Art Center Shanghi, China.
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