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Jorge Peris at Nicodim Gallery


At Nicodim gallery, wooden sculptures overtake the space. Many are made from found tables, dressers, pianos, and armoires that Jorge Peris hodge-podges together into strange assemblages that defy gravity. The artist then sands and carves selectively onto the surfaces of his sculptures, creating surprising patterns and nubby edges. In “Fuga para organo y mesa,” for example, the right half of a piano is inexplicably worn down while the other half remains intact, the piano careening precariously at a 45 degree angle on top of a round table. Other structures balance found wood in loosely fitting joints with instrument parts shoved into their crevices, like the trumpet horn slyly poking out in “Eucalipto” (2021). This body of sculptures feels both historical and refreshing, as Peris breathes new life into found objects, imbuing them with purpose, levity, and poise.

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Photo: Rollin Leonard, “Color From Three Vectors,” (2020). Dye sublimation on polyester, 180 x 90 inches. Photo by Ruben Diaz.