lyrical wood sculptures demonstrate both his sensitivity to materials and a willingness to let them lead his artistic exploration. Having spent weekends as a child at his father’s shop in Hawaii building and repairing racing canoes, Perry gained an appreciation for manipulating raw wood into forms that has stayed with him. Years later working at a private sculpture park in Northern California, he found an abundant supply of his medium in the park’s dead trees. Perry says, “What interested me about carving fallen trees was that it revealed a chronology, not only in human terms as a yardstick for life, but also as a chronology of the wood’s own history of abundance, injury, and affliction. Imperfections presented challenges that led to innovations in form. …having to adapt and transform a given shape into a new unrecognizable one that alludes to something other than the medium itself…keeps me involved.” In a literal sense, the sculptures are about how one form interacts or relates to another in a formal composition – they become metaphors for human feelings and relationships.
Mr. Perry was born in Kailua, HI; graduated from the former California College of Arts and Crafts with a BFA in 1986 and with an MFA in 1990. He currently lives and maintains a studio in Oakland, CA. Concurrent with his exhibition at the Rena Bransten
Gallery is one at the Oakland Museum of California at City Center, Gallery 555 through May 2, 2008. His sculptures are included in California collections of the Di Rosa Preserve and the Runnymede Sculpture Farm.