Galería Atotonilco Presents Internationally Acclaimed Artist Gustavo Pérez
By Susan Page
Some of the most eminent art critics in the world have raved about the extraordinary ceramics of Mexico’s internationally acclaimed ceramic artist, Gustavo Pérez. Excerpts of their reviews appear below. While San Ildefonso Museum in Mexico City is planning a major retrospective of Pérez’s work in 2016, San Miguel visitors and residents have an extraordinary opportunity right now to view more than 50 pieces by this famous artist in his current show at Galería Atotonilco. The pieces in the show range from 1995 to present.
About the gallery
Galería Atotonilco is located five miles north of town in a much published, architecturally interesting building on eight lush acres. In 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery shows a wide variety of high quality folk art from many parts of Mexico: country antique furniture, vintage photographs of Mexico, decorative blown glass, and a large collection of textiles including vintage serapes. The Gustavo Pérez show takes up only one portion of the large gallery. Galería Atotonilco is Trip Advisor’s number one shopping destination in all of San Miguel, and also its number one attraction.
Reviews of Gustavo Pérez’s works
Owner of a prestigious gallery in Los Angeles, Frank Lloyd, says, “Pérez is a major and distinctive voice in the world of contemporary ceramics. (He) presents clarity of vision, adept execution, and a sense of grace and natural elegance.” Ceramic historian Garth Clark calls the pots, “friendly containers that embody tribalism, body decoration, modernist formalism, sex, transgression, and beauty, all at the same time.” Clark goes on: “So when you look at Gustavo Pérez’s work, do not do so with the overly simplistic notion that a pot is merely a pot. Pots have always been containers, but not just of food and liquids. They have been revered for eons as receptacles for worship, dreams, hopes, fantasies, offerings, and history. Enjoy the way in which Pérez uses line to animate the surface, the subtle shifts in negative and positive space, and the rolling wave-like rhythms. If you give it the same time and respect you would give to any other art object, you will find that Pérez’s knife does not just cut into the clay, but into the human soul. In doing so, he ventilates our spirit and allows it to breathe.”
Mexican writer and recipient of the Cervantes Prize, Sergio Pitol, says this of Pérez’s work: “It is a ceremonial art charged with passion, discipline, and jubilation and adventure that changes its form as it evolves.” The work has “refined, extremely elegant design that appears as something perfectly natural, created effortlessly, like Brancusi’s sculptures. I left the gallery re-energized by this work and the pleasure it had produced in me.”