Richard Perez’s inspiration for “Synthesis” comes from the natural environment and its effect on the human psyche; and the combination of both that form a system. A Bicolano artist known for non-traditional mixed media, particularly using nails and thread on board to present his subjects of human figures and nature, his works aim to engage with and the audience through close examination.
Perez has received recognition in several local competitions, including the 2012 and 2013 GSIS National Art Competition (finalist, honorable mention honors, respectively), both in the non-representational category. He was also a finalist in the 2015 Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) National Painting Competition and in the 2016 Manila Bulletin Sketchfest.
Perez also got the Best in Mixed Media Award in the 2015 “Tune of Art” International Art Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2019, he again became a finalist in the GSIS National Art Competition for the mixed media category. “Synthesis” is his 2nd solo exhibit for Galerie Joaquin.
Although the big picture is found in his work, he focuses on the components, tiny and fascinating, that make up the whole. To create his images, the artist uses thread much as a painter uses paint. His choice of unique materials and technical qualities allow him to create a sense of movement and spontaneity in his work.
Using stitches to record the forms, patterns and textures of the artist’s experiences of different places, they serve as documented memories of a sense of space rather than a photographic documentation. What often starts in one direction will change as the layers build and affect each other. Like memories the forms shift, fragment, intertwine and evolve.
For Richard Perez, art has the ability to highlight and magnify such interconnections – to ask us how we might better perform our relationships – through humor, discomfort, movement, perception, wonder, or other means.
“Synthesis” by Richard Perez will be on view from September 25 to October 4, 2020 at Galerie Joaquin at the U.P. Town Center. The Galerie is located at the 2nd floor of Phase 2 U.P. Town Center in Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.