A solo exhibition of new work by Matthew Day Perez.
Image: Pile, 2016. fused, silvered, antiqued, and coldworked glass, 18.25 x 18.25 x 2.25 inches.
In his first solo exhibition in the United States, Matthew Day Perez investigates the materiality of glass in cast and kilnformed works.
“Glass is able to transition from a glowing molten state to a cold rigid substance that becomes reactive and transparent,” says Perez, “I use this gradient of states…to express the many facets of what glass can be, and often what it cannot be.”
Eschewing the preciousness often associated with glass, Perez purposefully and aggressively shatters sheets of glass only to reform them with tinted adhesives or through kilnforming. The cracks become lines. In this way, Perez sees his work in dialogue with printmaking, in which engraved or etched grooves in a matrix become the lines on the paper. In another body of work, Perez upends the casting process. Rather than creating an exact mold from a model, he breaks and crushes slabs of refractory material and melts the glass on top of the randomized surface. The result is geological, recalling precious stones or crystal formation. This is reinforced by the addition of silver, gold, or galena mirror. Perez views glass as a mutable substance, and this quality is the starting point for his playful approach to the material.
About the Artist
Bullseye Resource Center New York
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