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Javier Pérez

Date : 2006

Medium : Photography

Size : 267 x 100 cm

Javier Pérez is part of the artist movement whose work is related to the body, and in particular, their own body. Acting as a real biologist, using multiple materials, Javier Pérez attempts to establish a dialogue between Nature and Man by changing the body to which he grafts elements of animal or plant. The works that result from mixing the three kingdoms of nature have a repellent beauty, expressing living in its perpetual evolution, its constant metamorphosis. Thus, for Javier Perez, the branches of trees are sanguine-coloured bronchial tubes. Red is his favourite colour, which he calls “the colour of vigour”.

The guide

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.