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Diego Pérez, Tlapucata I–IV, 2017, copper, brass, iron, dimensions variable.

Diego Pérez

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Diego Pérez, Tlapucata I–IV, 2017, copper, brass, iron, dimensions variable.

“Water is stronger than rock,” wrote Hermann Hesse in his 1922 novel Siddhartha. This maxim suits the art of Diego Pérez, which spans photography, sculpture, and drawing, and it’s the title of one of the works in the Mexican artist’s recent exhibition, “The future belongs to Philophotology,” curated by Octavio Avendaño. In this piece, Pérez has inscribed Hesse’s words in jauntily handwritten letters using water on a large piece of paper blackened with graphite; below this framed drawing sits a sizable volcanic rock. There is lighthearted humor in this literal illustration of Hesse’s phrase. Hovering close by were a set of metallic mobiles that might have been airplanes, birds, or dragonflies. The artist made these in collaboration with his son, who originally constructed them on his own out of toilet-paper tubes and other scraps. Elevating pre-K arts and crafts to the realm of

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