Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5
Space Face (G3/S11), 2014, Unique screen prints with original hand-cut stencil drawing, 28 1/2” x 23 1/2” each. Courtesy of the artist.
Rhythm, movement and spontaneity are in abundance in Emilio Perez’s works, revealing an interest in music, as well as a fascination with the forces of nature. Energetic and intensely layered, his art is made using a distinctive stylistic process that combines painting, cutting and drawing. Space Face was produced in collaboration with the Lower East Side Print Shop. This series of unique prints was inspired by the depths of outer space, science fiction and psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s and ‘70s. To make these prints, the artist starts with photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, which are then manipulated to create atmospheric, screen-printed backgrounds. Perez’s own hand-cut stencil drawings are then applied on top of these images; their graphic quality resembles calligraphy or graffiti writing. His abstracted portrait heads appear to float in the cosmos like mysterious beings, opening a view onto a boundless universe that seems incomprehensible, yet rich with imaginative possibilities.
This exhibition is the first time that prints from Perez’s Space Face series have been shown publicly. His unique prints from previous series have been shown at Pace Prints in New York, NY. Perez has had recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Lelong in both New York and Paris; J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL; Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac, France; Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA; and CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX. Last year he participated in the 12th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba, as part of Project Detras Del Muro II. Perez attended Pratt Institute and received a BFA from the University of Florida, New World School of the Arts.
Space Face (F1/S3), 2014, Unique screen prints with original hand-cut stencil drawing, 28 1/2” x 23 1/2” each. Courtesy of the artist.
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.