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JORGE PERIS: Adam's Resurrection

02/05 - 17/06/2019

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Jorge's project for sandwich began to take shape as early as 2017, when he first visited Combinat and downright fell in love with its mood and history. After many returns, each with its own discovery and leading to a stronger attachment, it is high time for a demonstration of love to be made public.

 

On this occasion, Sandwich – and the Chocolat extension particularly – becomes a new home for a back-from-the-dead pantograph reassembled by the Frankenstein-Peris scientist. Once the pride of Combinat and a highlight of engineering used for large-scale sculptures, this king-sized artists' tool has been, for decades, forgotten by all, left to rust and dust on shabby alleys, together with its history. It took an outsider's view to recognize its majesty and give it a dignified name: Adam, first man. It takes a dramatic remodeling of the exhibition space to do it justice – walls are displaced, roof is wide open.

 

As any resurrection process, this too involves a swarm of techniques and (non-)organic elements. Electrolysis, bones, car batteries, salt and a few hundred meters of cable being just a few. When all is set into place, we have nothing left to do than wait for that perfect lightning able to finally, and decisively, incite a whole new purpose-led life into this benumbed hero.

Jorge Peris (b. 1969, lives and works in El Palmar, Valencia, Spain).

Jorge’s body of work has focused on the creation of site-specific installations that challenge the viewer’s senses as well as the conventional physicality of the gallery space, produced mainly with local materials and thus bringing a deep-rooted sense to his work, which can be felt in the spaces he generates. His work tends to widen the gap between emotion and intellect. Whilst this space challenges the relationship with the viewers, the viewers question their conventional perception of it.

Among his recent solo shows: in 2017 – “Olmo”, Luis Adelantado Gallery (Valencia, Spain), “Acidus”, HIT Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia); in 2016 – “Portal del angel”, Cantina Antinori, San Casciano Val di Pesa (Tuscany, Italy); in 2015 – “Dolmen, Sinfonia nr.7”, Magazzino D’Arte Moderna (Rome, Italy); in 2013 – “Los Pies de Judas”, Pinksummer Gallery (Genova, Italy).
Among his recent group shows: in 2019 – “Our Lady of The Flowers”, Nicodim Gallery (Bucharest, Romania); in 2018 – “TBT (To Be Titled, Turn Back Time)”, Magazzino D’Arte Moderna (Rome, Italy); in 2017 – “Don’t Look Like a Line”, Pinksummer Gallery (Genova, Italy), “The Hierophant”, Nicodim Gallery (Bucharest, Romania), “Involuntary Memory”, Luis Adelantado Gallery (Valencia, Spain).

This event is part of the Project

“Evoluția Turbionară a Elementelor Redundante”.

A cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.