Interview With Victor Perez

THE HORROR, NO. 1 Acrylic on canvas 24" x 20"

THE HORROR, NO. 1
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 20"

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I am an artist currently based out of Gainesville, Florida. My current practice uses paint in unconventional ways to address the physicality of both the surface of the painting and its subject. My work is exploring the collapse of familiarity that happens in light of the unknown. The result of which we tend to react in horror or as an opportunity to play. I'm trying to ride that middle line of uncertainty, creating a space that can be both playful and horrific.

THE HORROR, NO. 2 Acrylic on canvas 24" x 20"

THE HORROR, NO. 2
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 20"

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Razorblades. Collage is such an integral part of my drawing and painting practice that I probably couldn't make the work with out them.

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
Finding a willingness to tarnish something that you hold precious in the early stages of a painting is still difficult for me. I started documenting my paintings in various stages as a means of overcoming that fear. Knowing that I have record of it and can attempt to recreate it in that stage makes it all the easier to destroy.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?
Pattern, Thick bands of streaky colors, and bits of humor or play butted up against elements of macabre.

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
Finding a willingness to tarnish something that you hold precious in the early stages of a painting is still difficult for me. I started documenting my paintings in various stages as a means of overcoming that fear. Knowing that I have record of it and can attempt to recreate it in that stage makes it all the easier to destroy.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?
Pattern, Thick bands of streaky colors, and bits of humor or play butted up against elements of macabre.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
My current work has been influenced by a mix of George Condo, Gerhard Richter, and Agnes Martin. I also like Mary Reid Kelley, Maya Hayuk, Alex Da Corte, Jen Stark, Devin Troy Strother, and Andrew Brischler. 
I have no heroes but plenty of hard working artist friends who have been supportive and an inspiration in the way the dedicate themselves to there practice. Colin Curry, Erin Curry, and Hilary White to name a few.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
"Work makes work." - Robert Mueller in regards to studio practice


Thanks, Victor!  Be sure to check out details of Victor's work in our current exhibition, Just Plane Rotten, and more of his work here.