Enrique Figueredo

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If I Could Build Anything I Wanted III
2017
Hand-carved plywood, wood, concrete and oil paint
8' x 4' x 4'
Site-specific installation for Art In Odd Places 2017: SENSE curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful – with Rocío Aranda and Jodi Waynberg
Installed outside of Santuario de Ntra. Señora de Guadalupe En San Bernardo, 328 W 14th St, between 8th Ave and Hudson St in NYC.
Special thanks: Jodi Waynberg, Man Bartlett, Mark Power, Natalee Cayton, Jack Warner, Nick Grasso and to Santuario de Ntra. Señora de Guadalupe.

The final iteration of If I Could Build Anything I Wanted is a temple in disguise. Resembling an NYC construction facade, this unassuming green monolith-like structure houses a giant relief of human existence, past, present, and future. Inspired by pre-Columbian glyphs, the rectangular attempts to connect us to the cosmos and travel through time. It is a wish to see something other than commercial development through the diamond-cut windows we pass and ignore daily. If discovered, the piece invites the passerby to stop and look.


If I Could Build Anything I Wanted III

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted III

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted III Detail

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted III Detail

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted II
2016
Hand-carved plywood and oil paint
8' x 12'
Site-specific installation for the Interlude Project at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

The second iteration of If I Could Build Anything I Wanted continues to present the bare woodcut as the art itself. Hand-carved directly into the panels of an existing construction site in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the carousel encourages the community to reclaim space and transforms the city’s constant development into sites of collective imagination, blending and enriching the visual environment.


If I Could Build Anything I Wanted II

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted II

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted II Detail

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted II

Dirty Money
2016
Interactive action with silkscreen on napkins
For Here In Jamaica, a collaborative project curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful, in collaboration with No Longer Empty
13.25 x 15.5 inches (unfolded)
185th Street Promenade, Jamaica, Queens, NY

Because of my personal interest in the collapse of Venezuela, I came across an image of an Arepa, a Venezuelan food staple that a street vendor wrapped in Bolivares (the Venezuelan currency) for his customers. The image captivates me. What happens to a country when their currency is worthless? Is money the answer to every question that involves destruction? The focus of the interactive project was to find art in every day life; in the routines that people do everyday. I wanted to bring art into the hustle and grind of the numerous and tremendously diverse street vendors of Jamaica by supplying them with printed napkins. Perhaps someone took my art home and quietly asked his or herself some of the same questions that I have about money and power.

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

Dirty Money

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted I
2015
Hand-carved plywood and oil paint
8' x 12'
Site-specific installation for the Interlude Project at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

It is no secret that this city is growing--an endless green plywood facade constructed around us. I like to imagine those large green walls opening up, and inside of them is a place for me to sit; to think about nothing, and invite everyone around me to do the same. To stop making and moving for just one moment; to exist quietly in a place between New York City and sleep.


If I Could Build Anything I Wanted 1

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted 2

If I Could Build Anything I Wanted 3

In Other News, Venezuela…
2014 -
Pencil on paper in 12" x 12" sketchbook

It has been over 3 years since the protests began in Venezuela. Below are drawings that I started at that time based on Google search results for "Venezuela." I draw the first person mentioned in the first headline from the results and post the drawing to my Instagram account.


Hugo Chavez Nicolas Maduro Henrique Capriles
Leopoldo Lopez Ricardo Martinelli Marco Rubio
Genesis Carmona Maria Machado John Kerry
Elias Milano Diosdado Cabello Vincencio Spisso
Luisa Diaz Raul Castro Raul Castro Ghost
Nicolas Maduro 2 Rick Scott Lilian Tintori
Jose Margallo Pietro Parolin Rafael Ramirez
Jorge Arreaza Evo Morales Ivan Simonovis
Xi Jinping Enrique Franceschi Vladimir Lopez
Juan Santos Fidel Castro Lorent Saleh
Oscar Rivera Ali Khamenei Migbelis Castellanos
Antonio Ledezma Romulo Betancourt Roy Chaderton
Delcy Rodriguez Maximilien Arvelaiz Rudolfo Gonzalez
Jose Mujica Barack Obama Maria Chavez
Ben Rhodes Salvador Ceren Felipe Gonzalez
Noel Sanvicente Roberta Jacobson Ricardo Hausmann
Tamara Adrian Daniel Ceballos Monica Spear
David Granger Bernardo Alvarez Mauricio Macri
Jesus Torrealba Eulogio Del Pino Moises Naim
Lorenzo Mendoza 1 Lorenzo Mendoza 2 Luis Almagro
Aristobulo Isturiz Yulimar Rojas Tareck El Aissami
Julio Borges