This image, Untitled (Rocket), 2013 is about the impulse to create and the materiality that defines our ideas, it is about nature and science, the original and the copy, man and machine – and ultimately about our place in the cosmos. While in graduate school I was inspired by the work of Robert Heinecken especially his “para-photographic” work that pushed the boundaries between high and popular culture. I also use pop-culture aesthetics but with a William Burroughs twist where recomposed fragments deliver their own (two-sided) mysterious allegory. Though this may not seem like traditional photography to some, it is in an extension of my documentary practice as I consider configurations small happenings that I happen to document.
Perez is a contributing writer for LensCulture and ARC Magazine. In 2014 he was featured in Ventana Latina Magazine (UK). Last year, 2015, Perez was selected as curator-in-residence at Baxter St./CCNY with the exhibit “The Three Traumas” as well as adjunct curator for the International Center of Photography’s new gallery space at Mana Contemporary with the exhibit “The Future is Forever.” This year his work will be in the group show “Race and Revolution” on Governor’s Island and with this single exclusive image featured right here!BACK TO PHOTO