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Raul De Lara

Raul De Lara, Sink #1, 2015, Leather boots, Lacquer, Pine, Cherry, Stainless Steel Faucet, Glass, 38 x 66 x 21 in.
Raul De Lara, Sink #1, 2015, Leather boots, Lacquer, Pine, Cherry, Stainless Steel Faucet, Glass, 38 x 66 x 21 in.

It’s all in the tongue.

I rely on physical humor, seduction, and the uncanny to create provocative and enigmatic sculptures. I explore the complexities of wood species as I find them to hold infinite formal possibilities and inherent beauty. I aim to perceive and maximize the sensory, sensible, sentimental, and sensuous dimensions of human nature.

A mallet, chisels, and abrasives are rooted my workmanship, while the conjunction of textural depth and high attention to detail turn me on. Being physical with the entire production process is an essential aspect of my practice, as I use my own body, physical presence, and behavior to inform the work. The gaze between you and my work is mutual.

I hold a High Honors BFA from The University of Texas at Austin and have exhibited work nationally and internationally: Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, and Mexico City. I am a co-founder of Fat City Arts in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

Resident year: 
2015-2016
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident