I realized a couple of months ago that the gallery is now 15 years old. Basically, that also means another milestone: we’ve presented over 150 exhibitions—about 10 per year. It is a source of pride, because in the world of art galleries, that’s an accomplishment. I thought of this again today as we are beginning to prepare the next show.
Recapitulando marks, for the artist Gustavo Pérez, a summation of his work. The Mexican ceramist, who has been exhibiting internationally since 1976, has developed several themes in his ceramic sculpture. This exhibition provides a retrospective look at those series, and presents over 48 works. Significant large scale pieces are included along with Gustavo Pérez’s more familiar vessels, resulting in a complete range of scale and form.
This will be the seventh solo exhibition of Perez’s work at the gallery. Two large scale examples of his work are included in this show, Triangulo and Tablero. The installation piece Triangulo is composed of dozens of small cylinders, cut at a precise angle and placed face-to-face in opposition. The sculpture forms an equilateral triangle, and though it is based in geometry alludes simultaneously to minimal art and optical illusion. Tablero is a wall relief, composed of 49 small abstract forms. Although the individual pieces are made by straightforward folding and forming of the clay, the resulting image has a primitive presence.
Recently, Gustavo completed an excellent interview. I’d highly recommend reading it: