Peters Projects of Santa Fe proud to present, Lines, an exhibition of ceramic works by the internationally known artist Gustavo Pérez to open September 8. Pérez’s ceramics have achieved worldwide recognition, including a 2017 exhibition in his hometown at the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, Mexico consisting of nearly 5000 works.
This current exhibition showcases over 50 artworks, each a silent testimony to Pérez’s seemingly effortless handling of clay. Pérez’s work is distinguished by eliminating the superfluous and the synthesis of his elements. During the past two decades he has created a visual language that seems closely aligned with music. Lines, sometimes painted and sometimes incised, play melodies on the surface of clay. More than containers or receptacles, his forms are supports for his calligraphic drawings. Each work remains a distinct invention, some symmetrical and tonal, others asymmetrical and atonal.
Pérez’s art suggests a wide range of influences, from Modernist sculpture to the ancestral traditions of Asia and Meso-America. Whatever the influences, they are fully absorbed and made his own.
“Pre-Hispanic art is part of my background, of course. How it becomes a part of my work, how it influences it, I don’t know and I really don’t care to know. It is in my subconscious as so many other images and works of art from the world. Things that I love. They have been growing in my mind for years. Maybe I had one idea when I was five years old and it took fifty years to come out as a form, as a drawing. I think I have a huge cocktail of “influences,” including architecture, dance, literature, music — all of these must have influenced my work. But as I said before, creating is for me impossible to really explain, it happens, that is all I know … It has been said that I love working, I guess it is true. I do enjoy people, but I enjoy clay so much more. My clay is my life.” (from an interview with Mayer Shacter)
Gustavo Pérez’s work is in numerous private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach; Racine Art Museum, Racine; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico; The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shiga, Japan; The Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, Canada; Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany.
For inquiries, please contact Mark Del Vecchio, Program Director of Ceramics & Design, firstname.lastname@example.org, (505)-954-5800