New York

Pedro Perez

Marilyn Pearl Gallery

In 1966, when Pedro Perez was 15, he and his family moved from Cuba to Florida. Unlike many exiles and refugees, he chose not to assimilate, though not out of nostalgia for his past. He studied art in college and graduate school and pursued a career as an artist. Although his work has gone through several phases since he began exhibiting in New York in 1982, he has continued to make paintings and sculptures that are expressive investigations of being an exile from both Cuban and American culture.

The five mixed-media sculptures shown here were made between 1985 and ’88. The most recent of these suggest that he has not only begun to accept his cultural anomie but has also deepened his understanding of it. In doing so, he has found ways to go beyond his marginalized state without trying to make mainstream art or rejecting his lifelong sources.

Perez has placed working clocks and used 22-carat

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