Rafael Pérez °1957, Spain
This renowned Spanish artist returns to Puls with his latest work. “As always, my work is about surprising myself and the audience. I use white porcelain and black earthenware clay together, fired at a high temperature. These materials respond differently to the same forces at work during the firing. The earthenware expands and erupts, creating a volcanic landscape – but not a natural one. What emerges from the fire is not mere chance or just a happy accident. That is because it is directed by me. I impose my will on the materials to the extent that I create the cuts and layers that interact within the kiln. From the beginning there is order demanded from the clays. Nevertheless, it is an order that follows the rules of nature as well as man. That is why the element of surprise is always present. What happens in the kiln is unpredictable.”
The work for this exhibition is comprised of some of his most recent pieces. Much of it is once more black and white clays in a continuous dialogue (Yes he finds much that is yet to be explored in this simple juxtaposition of materials). But this time there is also colour.
The works are mainly focused on textures and surfaces. Pérez continues to seek the unexpected, looking for the surprise that achieves balance, always searching for something that has reached equilibrium that pleases.
“My work is an attempt to capture pleasure. I hope to communicate this sensation.