Gustavo Pérez, born in Mexico City in 1950, has been honored with a third retrospective of his work in his native country. Entitled Gustavo Pérez: Obra reciente, it was held at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City from December 2011 through February 2012. It’s hard for me to think of someone more deserving – Gustavo has been working and exhibiting internationally since 1976, in countries as diverse as Great Britain, Germany, Japan, France, the United States, and Mexico, to name only a few.
Before turning to ceramics, Gustavo studied engineering, mathematics, and philosophy, and these disciplines have left their imprint on his work. He cites equally diverse artistic inspirations, mentioning Brancusi, Schubert, Rembrandt, Picasso, Francis Bacon, and Paul Klee in the same breath. These disparate sources haven’t resulted in chaotic or wildly eclectic work however; Gustavo instead works through his ideas systematically, producing a body of work that has remained recognizably his own.
Incessantly experimental, his work has advanced in stages. Primarily working in the same sand-colored stoneware, Gustavo has applied parallel lines, calligraphic traces, and geometric incisions to his minimalist vessel forms. His most recent output unifies the structure of his vessels with his drawings on them in a sinuous and flowing manner.
Gustavo’s work will be on display in our upcoming group exhibition, Frank’s International House of Ceramics, which opens Saturday, November 17th at 5:00 pm. Works by Wouter Dam, Georges Jeanclos, Adrian Saxe, Goro Suzuki, Akio Takamori, and Cheryl Ann Thomas will be shown alongside Gustavo’s.