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´ Angélica Peric´ Mónica Peric Sculptures
27 CORK STREET LONDON W1S 3NG MAY 2012
“I work the material, its transformation, vitality, the play of texture, contrasts and volumes, and see the mystery hidden in each of them; with the various different materials: bronze, copper, plastic or clay, see their possibilities and development. What interests me is to go in, find myself, watch the birth of something new and feel the sense of eternity“ Angélica Peric´ Brussels 2012
Fotograph ´ Santiago Peric´ Biskupovic, María Angélica Castillo Mandiola and their daughters Angélica (up), Marisol (left) and Mónica (right)
Enveloped in a Shadow José de Nordenflycht
We all learn from others and sib-
lings, generally speaking, are always the first others with whom we share a living space. While parents are always the past and children are the promise of the future, siblings are always present. That other “I”, with a different flavour and colour, who re-
minds us of where we came from by the identical sound of his or her proximity.
The shortest distance between the
original and the copy will always be that between two siblings.
For that reason, when we look at
the recent history of art and come across brothers such as the Duchamp-Villon and the Pevsner-Gabo; or, closer to home, the AntĂşnez-ZaĂąartu and the Iommi-Girola, it should not surprise us to find that, however great the distances that exist between them, the appearance of that relationship is evoked precisely on the basis of that condition in which the future seems possible to
them in an eternal present.
And in the case of the Peric-Castillo
sisters, the situation is no different.
While Angélica makes her state-
ment from sculpture, Mónica makes hers from painting. While Angélica works from her material, Mónica investigates from her materials. While colour becomes mass for Angélica, for Mónica the mass of colour invades everything. While Angélica models and works by addition, Mónica stains and works by subtraction. All in all, their differences are obvious and varied, as an attentive observer can see at a glance.
So there is no possibility of confron-
tation; rather it is a case of one finding out about the work of the other each time they return. Difference, therefore, is what gives us similarity: though many proclaim equality as the promise of justice and equity, the ethical principle implied gives way before aesthetics, which blend everything with the ineffable argument of form.
Difference does not destroy the
link; on the contrary, it makes it evident, like a suspension bridge stretched between two banks of a single river. And there is clearly a very close link between the works exhibited in this room, one that moves around the question of how impossible it is to understand something that always goes beyond our met-
aphysics - death – by asking about the body, understood as the proof of its abandonment, that infinite loneliness looking in the mirror. A body which – over and above the subject as an objective – functions in its absence by presence in the case of Angélica and in presence by absence in the case of Mónica.
This play on words is quite accurate
if we look carefully at the bodies sculpted by the first and the shoes painted by the second. A body that makes presence out of the fetish and a fetish present in the absence of the body.
In this work of sculpture by AngĂŠli-
ca, the energy released by the pressure of the fingers on a material held in the palm of the hand is the aim of the modelling, the result being formal, mostly horizontal bodies, which intercept us amid the verticality of our own bodies. That vertigo felt when confronting the abyss of another body is what her sculpture establishes wherever it appears.
Consensus opinion has been tell-
ing us for a long time that sculpture goes back further in history than painting. That statement is surely due to the nature of its physical resistance to the passage of time: sculpture is memory, whereas painting is only history. In other words, while sculpture confronts us with the abyss of a foreign body in order to remind us, painting can tell of the absence of that same body only when we feel the lack of it.
Angélica Peric, ´ Atelier Brussels 2012
Angélica Peric´ Castillo, Chilean, ARBS Studies : 1974-1978 School Fines Arts, Santiago, Chile. Sculpture Selected Group Shows : 1976 Providencia Cultural Institute, Santiago 1977 “Fountain Concurse “, Santiago 1981 “Days Expressions” Santiago 1981 Exhibits “Joung Arts”, Las Condes Cultural Institute, Santiago 1982 Group - Art Space , Santiago 1983 Group , Contemporary Arts Gallery, Santiago 1983 “Homage Women “, Santiago 1985 “Rencounter with Art”, Concepción University 1987 “100 years Interamerican System“, Fines Arts Musseum , Paraguay 1993 “Collective Five “, OMPI, Geneve, Switzerland 1994 “International Woman Exhibits “, Palais des Nation, Geneve , Switzerland 1994 Centre Cultural Jean Monet, France. “Encontres”, Societé Suisse de Femmes Artistes 1995 Triennal de Sculpture V , Lancy, Switzerland 2001 “Chilean Artist “, Kundst Centre Silkeboord, Denmark
2002 “Chilean Artist “ América Museum , Ma-
1999 “Matery and Form “, Sculpture Park,
2003 “Art London Fair” London , UK
2004 Walton Gallery, London, UK
2006 Soech Mulato Gil Space Arts , Santiago
2006 Art Space. Embassy of Chile, London, UK
2007 Esculptors, Moneda Palace, Chile
2011 “Emerge I”. European Union, Brussels,
2007 “Metals” Soech, Santiago Library, Chile
2008 Exhibits Esculptures in Clay , Soech,
Belonging to Artist Associations
Santiago Library, Chile
1995 Swiss Society Painters and Sculptors .
1996 Esculptors Association Geneve .
Central University, San-
1998 SOECH, Sculptors Society, Chile .
2011 Exhibits Painters and Sculptures “ Art
1998 Ecologist Artists ,Chile.
Present”, Paris, France
2005 Member Royal British Society of Sculp-
One Person Exhibits
1978 Contemporary Institute” , Santiago, Chile
2011 Assist to “Academie Beeldende Kunsten
1986 “Travel to Tierra del Fuego”, Ushuaia,
Anderlecht”, Brussels, Belgium
1989 Center of Brasileans Studies , Asunción,
1977 Second Award “Fountain Concurse”
Centre Cultural Los Andes,Santiago
1991 “Recounter with Creation “, Catolic Uni-
1981 First Award Concurse Joung Arts Man-
versity Centre, Santiago, Chile
quehue, Santiago, Chile
1994 “Esculturas”, European Centre Nuclear
1985 Honor Award “IV Concurse Plastic Cre-
Studies , Genevre , Switzerland
ation”, Santiago, Chile
1996 “Archade Chausses Coq”, Gallery Ge-
Public Scultures :
1987 “Inmigrant Hommage“, Tierra del Fue-
1997 “Centre Cultural Morges”, Morges, Swit-
2009 “In Front of the Mountain” , Sculpture
1997 “CAPT”, Gallery Geneve, Swissland
Park, Santiago, Chile
In this, Mónica’s new pictorial work,
the fetish of the shoe is represented with all the candour of which her obsession is capable. The effect of the saturation of the colours is to involve the spectator from the vibration of his retina, leaping from personal memory to an anonymous subject, which is what we all are, every time that we recog-
nise ourselves in the distance of her works, which draw us in.
“YOU ARE MY BEST MODEL. YOU ARE SEATED
PEACEFULLY WATCHING ME. I SIMPLY PUT COLOUR ON THE PAPER” ´ MÓNICA PERIC SANTIAGO/CHILE, FEBRUARY 2010
“HERE I AM IN YOUR SHOES AND I FEEL THE IMPRINT THAT YOU LEFT BEHIND” ´ MÓNICA PERIC
So, if we are within what we per-
SANTIAGO/CHILE, AUGUST 2011
ceive and pre-existence only becomes real in relation to ourselves, clearly these first perceptions of reality that signify the immanent reality of the sculptures and paintings are the first thing that we could be taught to see. As regards the teaching given to that seeing, we need to remember that pottery predates the origins of painting. According to Pliny the Older, it was the daughter of the potter, Butades of Sicion, who projected the shadow of her beloved in her father’s workshop, converting the threat of loss into the defeat of oblivion, passing from the stamp to the figure.
The work of the Peric-Castillo sis-
ters is therefore placed in this room, enveloped in the shadow, that unique stain – painting – which cannot detach itself from its body – sculpture. José de Nordenflycht
M贸nica Peric, 麓 Photo of Studio Santiago, Chile 2012
Mónica Peric´ was born in Santiago, Chile in 1962. She entered the University of Chile in 1994 to study Art, making painting her special field of study, and graduated with maximum distinction in 1998. She then taught
Between 1996 and 2006 her works also fea-
drawing as a teaching assistant at that same
tured in collective exhibitions on numerous
university from 1998 to 2000.
occasions, including “Ecoferia” at the Mapo-
She has been a member of the Chilean As-
cho Station Cultural Centre in 1996, “En-
sociation of Artists for Ecology since 1996
gravings” at the Juan Egenau Room in 1997,
and the Chilean Association of Painters and
“Individuals” at the Goethe Institute in 1999,
Sculptors since 1999. Since then, she has
“A Thousand Faces in April” at the National
mounted individual exhibitions on three oc-
Fine Arts Museum in 1999, “State Proof” at
casions: “The Broken Stain” in 2002 at the
the Bucci Gellery in 1999, “Chile, where the
Museum of Contemporary Art, “The Re-
Future is Born” at the Casa Delia del Carril
bound/Rebirth of the Spatula” (2004-2005)
in 2000 and “Impronta Xxi” at the Museum of
at the Viña Pérez Cruz Winery and “Painting
Contemporary Art, also in 2000. In 2001 her
in Real Time” at the ‘Matucana 100’ Cultural
works were shown at exhibitions in the San
Centre in 2005.
José Hospital and at Apech: “Small Format”.
In 2003 she took part in the exhibition “Artists and Wild Flowers” at La Sebastiana, Isla Negra and La Chascona, the homes of poet Pablo Neruda, and in early 2006 showed her works at the exhibition “Contractura (Notes on Chilean Abstract Art)” at the XVIII Season of the Chiloé Museum of Modern Art. From 2007 to 2011, the artist was engaged in a process of introspection and experimental work, painting alone in her studio without exhibiting, while accompanying her mother during her long final illness. Her new works, grouped under the title “In Memoriam”, are a reflection of this period. This 2012 exhibition will be the second mounted jointly by the artist’s sister, sculptor María Angélica Peric. The first was at the Archade Chausse-Coqs Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland in 1995.
Index of Works Plasticret, 60 x 70 x 100 cm, Spread 01 Bronze, 15 x 12 x 12 cm, Emerge II 02 Plasticret, 60 x 72 x 64 cm, Tension II 03 Bronze, 17 x 22 x 16 cm, Tension 04 Bronze, 32 x 28 x 18 cm, Women II 05
Angélica Peric´ Mónica Peric´
Bronze, 52 x 25 x 22 cm, Inspiraton 06
London, United Kingdom / 2012
Bronze, 30 x 20 x 18 cm, Embrace 07 Bronze, 25 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm, Lovers 08
Bronze, 44 x 42 x 42 cm, Perception 09
Steel-oxide, 87 x 40 x 42 cm, Flight 10
Bronze, 21 x 11 x 11 cm, Emerge 11
Watercolour, 19 x 14 cm, Grey skirt 12 Watercolour, 19 x 28 cm, Portrait of the artist’s mother 13
Pencil, 21 x 13 cm, Mónica 14
Pencil, 21 x 13 cm, Portrait of the artist’s mother 15
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm, Shoe II 16
José de Nordenflycht
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, Series/Blue Shoe 17
Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm, Red stockings 18
“In that present tense which painting is, the model and I meet in an intermediate space where sensations, memories, colours vibrate and express themselves by means of the chosen palette“ Mónica Peric´ Santiago, Chile 2012
Photograph María Angélica Castillo Mandiola, 1964
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Angélica Peric´ Mónica Peric´ Sculptures
27 CORK STREET
LONDON W1S 3NG MAY 2012