12.01.2012-05.02.2012 ONE OF OURS Artist: Javier Perés ONE OF OURS, the first solo exhibition of the Berlin/Los Angeles based, Cuban born artist, gallerist and art writer, Javier Perés. In conjunction with Perés´paintings, we will also be presenting the film "My own private River" by James Franco and Gus Van Sant, with musical score by Michael Stipe.
With "One of ours" Perés expands his trajectory in the contemporary art field to include that of a practicing artist. Perés´ primary artistic concern is that of memory - both his own personal memories, and also what he deems to be the collective memories and concerns of his generation. Rio and Too many Rivers (all works 2011) are two series of paintings depicting the iconic actor River Phoenix. Phoenix who died in 1993, at the young age of 23, serves as both the inspiration and focus of all of Perés´ recent works. Perés approaches the image of a young River, with his bleached out platinum hair, as if he were a saint, a martyr of his day and time. In the Rio series, he depicts Phoenix in the same manner, changing only the background image and colours. While in the Too many Rivers series, he depicts the young actor in different poses taken from publicity images found in the internet (the source of all of our collective memories). Phoenix, still rocking the same platinum blonde hair, presents different aspects of himself, from confident young man, to a shy and vulnerable persona, less at ease with the viewers gaze and the public´s interest in his private life.
Javier Perés (b. 1972, Havana) is best known for his work as an art dealer and gallerist with Peres Projects, the art gallery he founded in 2002. Perés obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree with Honours from the School of International Service at The American University, Washington, D.C.; and, a Juris Doctorate degree from The George Washington University School of Law. In addition to his education in diplomacy and law, Perés has studied art history and art practice throughout his life while never pursuing formal degrees in either field. His foray into art making first became known to the general public with the self published zine, cum art book, DADDY, the magazine, which he published four times a year from 2007 till 2009. Perés currently also serves as the Arts Editor at GQ Style (UK). Perés lives and works in Berlin while still maintaining close ties to Los Angeles.
An artist book, Javier Perés: ONE OF OURS, accompanies this exhibition. Designed by Harley Smart, Ryan Thompson & Matt Goerzen, and printed by Anteism at Rubiks Montreal, in a signed and numbered edition of 100 copies.