Date : 2006
Medium : Photography
Size : 267 x 100 cm
Entering the universe of Javier Perez is a little like entering unknown territory. Isn’t this picture fascinating, even disturbing?
Let your gaze wander through the image, following those sinuous lines. What do you see? A freak of nature, a conjoined tree with a familiar, nearly anthropomorphic outline? Or just a tree with its root system exposed? And why not a tight bundle of blood vessels?
Look a little closer now. The network of lines becomes denser and more precise, like a map presented by the artist which he invites us to explore.
The work oscillates between the figurative and abstract. With his almost mathematical composition, the Spanish artist toys with our perception. He undermines representational codes by using this unnatural colour, a red that obsesses him and that he calls "sap colour." Through this hue, he underlines the organic, quasi-human aspect of these hybrid shapes.
Though he is absent from this representation, the only subject of Perez's work, whether video, sculpture or photography, is the body—his body. In this image, is the artist offering us a surreal self-portrait using the exquisite corpse technique? If so, it is a disquietingly strange psychological portrait.
By the way, have you noticed the title of the work, which means "inner landscape"? Suddenly, Perez, by this simple statement, pulls us into a dimension outside the tangible world. He opens a door to a mental space conducive to introspection. His work becomes a prop for projecting our thoughts.
I will leave you to your contemplation.