For his exhibition at the Sculpture Center, Radamés "Juni" Figueroa is creating a site-specific structure that will reference a previously built tree house in Naguabo, PR. The construction will incorporate materials from and related to the tropics, but also from the city. This hybrid environment invites interaction, celebration and socialization, essential elements to most of his works. The sculpture incorporates materials inspired by the tropical rain forest in Puerto Rico, as well as by urban structures found throughout the island. With this work, Figueroa is further investigating ideas concerning tropical architecture, a type of construction mostly determined by available materials, while also making connections to the context of NYC. Figueroa's works' explore and amplify associations from the tropics through a mix of personal references and critical humor. At SculptureCenter, Radamés will further explore his experiences within the forest though sound installations, paintings, and his "Tropical Ready Mades".
Radamés "Juni" Figueroa (b, 1982, lives and works in San Juan, PR) Solo exhibitions of his work include Sal Si Puedes, at Roberto Paradise Gallery, San Juan (2012). Past projects include Tree House - Club House, a live monumental sculpture at a forest in Naguabo, Puerto Rico (2013); Triangle Eucalyptus for Meditation, 43 Salon Inter-Nacional, Medellin, Colombia (2013), Salvajismo Caribeño, an intervention on the Roof of Houses in Barrio La Perla in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); and Parada "Phantom," (Tropical Bus Stop), created in a public space in San Juan (2009). Figueroa will be included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.