"Gustavo Pérez - line, surface, space"
Gustavo Perez, Mexiko
Trying and failing and trying again. I can’t think of a better way to define my work than the declaration of Franz Schubert: “I just finish one piece and begin the next”.
I don’t have any idea of what inspiration is; in any case not something I care much for. I believe in work, in the unavoidable need an artist faces to make something, very specific but ultimately impossible to understand fully. A sort of fate more than a decision or a choice.
For me it is clay. Into this relation with clay should go somehow everything I care for: poetry, literature en general, music (from Monteverdi to our days), geometry, knots, maps, astronomical charts, curved mirrors, crystals, languages, the work of hundreds of artists (some ceramists among them), labyrinths, the game of chess, seeds, and a long etcetera that would take pages to list and would certainly leave aside many things, probably the most important ones. Our memory preserves every single experience and processes it in a conscious and an unconscious way to produce what one can. Not what one wants but only what one can. In this impulse towards the Ithaca one would like to reach lies for me the secret of creativity: trying endlessly to express in a clearer way what I want to express.
After forty years of working with clay, after so many thousands of pieces thrown and treated in the so many different ways I have discovered along the years, I realise now how this last year has been a time of recapitulation a time to concentrate all that I have developed, trying to get to the most essential. And this means, as usual, starting with a thrown form; finishing a piece and beginning with the next.
Opening Sunday May 12 11:30 - 18:00
Introduction Dr. Josef Strasser, Neue Sammlung, Munich
Speech: Gustavo Perez 14:00
Sunday, July 7, 11:00 - 18:00