PAINTING IN THE MOMENT:
DEVELOPING YOUR VISUAL VOCABULARY
with artist Emilio Perez
Wednesday, November 19, from 6-8pm
Cost: Free for current Keyholder Residency recipients
$12 for LESP Studio Renters and current Members
$15 for all other artists
This workshop is about the exploration and development of an artist’s personal style and approach to making art. Understanding what defines our own practice, and how it is a direct extension of our personality and experiences, is a key component in defining a personal style and vision. With Emilio Perez, we will examine the language that each of us uses to create work in order to better understand our unique visual vocabulary. Our practices spark experimentation, spontaneity and the intuitive process in order to create a dialogue between our internal artist and our creations.
Emilio Perez is known as a painter's painter, combining the inherent aspects of painting with drawing in his unique stylistic process. His work is a combination of the spontaneity and expressiveness of painting (purposefully in its loosest form) and the immediacy and graphic quality of drawing. The artist generates his kinetic imagery by applying paint across a canvas, building layer over layer, and then going back into the painting to "draw" with a blade cutting his marks. Melding foreground and background, Perez's hand-cut marks ebb and flow between layers with the fluidity of ocean currents.
Perez attended Pratt Institute and University of Florida's New World School of the Arts. Perez's works can be found in the permanent collections of the Miami Art Museum; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Fundación ARCOmadrid and Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and in corporate collections, internationally. The artist's paintings were featured in the exhibitions Topographies at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; and Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Perez has had solo exhibitions with Galerie Lelong in both New York and Paris, and has been featured in group exhibitions in Düsseldorf, Philadelphia, Houston and St. Louis, among others.