Los Angeles

Sarah Perry

Koplin Del Rio Gallery

In the desert where I live, rusty junk—spent bullet cartridges, empty beer cans, abandoned cars and trucks, decrepit appliances—is as much a part of the environment as cacti and Joshua trees. I don’t know why, but all that junk scattered around is strangely reasoning, comforting almost. Perhaps that is because it represents a trace of humanity in a landscape that can seem immeasurably hostile. Or perhaps there’s something else: a feeling that these things falling apart in the sun have their own spirits, afterlives of their usefulness waiting to be revealed.

Viewing Sarah Perry’s exhibition “Seeing in the Dark,” it’s no stretch of the imagination to believe that there are spirits in objects. Perry uses everyday rubbish, much of which she finds in ghost towns in the Nevada desert, to create powerfully charged sculptures. There’s a science-project aesthetic to the resulting works, as though

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