This new body of work explores gravity’s ability to govern the behavior of hanging and leaning objects that form triangles specifically. Eric Garduño is known for his charcoal drawings that use certain archetypical motifs. They frequently consist of high contrasting stripes and dynamic shapes to explore visual manifestations of power, which in Gravity’s Delta, are represented as triangles. Delta is a symbol in mathematics written as a triangle. The artist refers the triangle in his work as a symbol more so than shapes. These symbols convey authority and autonomy - two qualities that are manifested in Garduño’s work.
Eric Garduño confesses to not fully understanding his attraction to triangles, with the exception of “an interest in the equilateral”. He finds that they “are a reprieve from the ubiquity of rectangles.”
The underlying juxtaposition presented in Gravity’s Delta is that gravity is a constant. It’s presence exists throughout the universe. Delta represents difference or change. Where one is constant and the other is change, a crossroad occurs and the natural result is these two dynamics in dialogue with one another.
Visual elements such as pattern, contrast, and simple geometric abstraction are frequently referenced practices in Garduño’s work. In the fall of 2014, he began including sculptures in his practice that initially functioned as a translation of his drawings into objects. The sculptures take the power and soul of the drawings but filter them through one of Garduño’s earliest childhood impulses; a desire to collect, refine and reconfigure.
Eric Garduño graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and then went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts 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 Arts, San Diego, SITE Santa Fe, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Contemporary Art Center, Shanghi, China.