Rito del Sol is conceptually inspired by the idea of building a meditative connection and experience with the presence of the sun and it’s coexisting role with our planet. The images depicted from this video were captured from a sunrise that took place at the Gulf of Mexico (between the border of Mexico and the US). In contrast to the moving images, the piece includes original sound composed from on-site field recordings, electro-acoustic instruments and wav files from NASA (recorded light waves of the sun by satellite, then transcribed into sound waves).
Erick Antonio Benitez (b.1988, Bronx, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, organizer and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland. They received their BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has exhibited work at Connor Smith Gallery (DC), The Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), Greenpoint Gallery (NY), Gaddis Geeslin Gallery (TX), Strange Fire Collective (CO), Galerie B-312 (Montreal, QC), Metafora Studio Arts (Barcelona, ES) and Simultan Festival (Timișoara, RO). Their work has been reviewed by The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, BmoreArt, The American Scholar, Terremoto (MX) and Le Devoir (QC). Benitez is also a recipient of the Ruby Artist Project grant, MASB Travel Artist Award, Janet and Walter Sondheim Award and has participated in The Studios residency at MASS MoCA. Recently Benitez has received a Baltimore Light City Festival commission and an invitation to Pigment Sauvage “La Track” residency in Montreal, Canada.