Archive for August, 2013

Artist feature | JAVIER PÉREZ

Posted in Art, Professional, The corpse on August 12, 2013 by Diana S-V
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“The idea is for humanity to be attracted by its own viscera.”

Javier Pérez

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Javier Pérez is a Spanish sculptor, photographer, and multimedia installation artist. While his use of organic materials (intestines, hides, horsehair, parchment, latex, chrysalis) alongside inorganic materials such as glass, porcelain, bronze, and resin can be seen throughout his oeuvre, I find his work from 2010/2011 to be the most engaging for me in this regard.

 

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Cabeza raiz

 

Trans(formaciones) I and II (2010) and Cabeza raiz (2011) depict human forms, skin taught against bone, emerging from twisted forms of what appears to be gnarled, dead wood. Created using bronze, polyester, and parchment, these gorgeous and macabre pieces evoke the texture and positioning of mummified corpses, the consistency of skin preserved through modern plastination, and the starkness of Donatello’s unorthodox wooden Magdelene Penitent from the mid-fifteenth century.

 

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More information on Pérez and his work can be found here.