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Lux Art Institute, San Diego’s first LEED certified interactive art destination, will welcome New York painter Emilio Perez as the next resident artist of the 2011/2012 Season.
From November 10 through December 10, 2011, Perez will be living and working at Lux as he creates a large-scale triptych, the inspiration for which will come from proximity to the Pacific Ocean, as well as his anticipated experiences surfing some of San Diego’s most distinct breaks. Visitors can “see art happen” while he is in studio and view his show, featuring examples of his painting, through December 31, 2011.
Vibrant, textured and bursting with a calculated chaos, Perez’s dynamic works also evince sculpture. The artist's unique process entails painting sheets of enamel, latex and acrylic in different hues onto wood panels and then, using an x-acto blade, slicing away at and removing layers, revealing tracts of muted colors underneath. The canvases juxtapose freeform movement with labor-intensive, measured actions, simultaneously evoking upheaval and harmony, spontaneity and control. Dizzying, vertiginous patterns, roiling swirls, undulating lines and tornado-like vortices are interwoven with short, staccato breaks. They build up and collide into one another with a force that creates a physical and psychological phenomenon wherein the eye attempts to fill in for what is not actually there.
Whether visually read as physical movement, brain activity or emotional shifts, Perez's works--influenced by graphic novels, pop art, music, woodcuts, and the Baroque--exhibit an undeniable magnetism. His ambiguously playful titles—“doin the sleepwalk,” “drowning on dry land,” “fishing while you dream”-- shroud the works in mystery and provide no real interpretive clues, further allowing viewers to choose their own adventures.
“We enthusiastically anticipate the installation of the 18-foot-long triptych panels of Emilio Perez,” says Lux Director Reesey Shaw. “Once here, he will begin his meticulous carving process which exposes layers of hues buried beneath the surface. The gesture and swirl of the carved strokes are influenced by the artist’s encounters with the ocean while surfing—subject matter that we embrace here at Lux, a stone’s throw from the Pacific coastline.”
Lux Art Institute, located in Encinitas, Calif., is redefining the museum experience with the region’s only artist-in-residence program that invites artists to live and work on site, while producing a commissioned work of art – start to finish. This one-of-a-kind institution welcomes visitors to not only “see art,” but also to “see art happen.”
Throughout each year, Lux hosts several significant regional, national and international artists who participate in its residency program. Visitors from across the country are able to participate in exclusive liaison-led tours, providing intimate access to the artist-in-residence, the artist’s exhibition and the museum’s permanent collection of indoor and outdoor art. Lux also offers a wide range of innovative programming for all ages.
The recipient of the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s top design award, the Grand Orchid, and the first art museum in California awarded LEED certification for new construction, Lux is located alongside one of Southern California’s few remaining coastal wetlands. The five-acre site also overlooks the San Elijo Lagoon and is surrounded by a wildlife preserve that stretches to the Pacific Ocean.
Through its Phase II Capital Campaign, Lux plans to add more than 25,000 square feet of galleries and classrooms. Once completed, the new building will also feature a hilltop plaza and a series of gardens climbing between the galleries and the Artist Pavilion.
Lux Art Institute is located at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas, Calif. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and cost is $5 for two visits. For more information about donations, memberships, volunteer opportunities and more, visit http://www.luxartinstitute.org or call 760-436-6611.