In his current exhibition, sculptor Sam Perry continues to push his chosen medium of found wood from fallen trees even farther away from its origins. Initially, Perry gained an appreciation for manipulating the material into forms while spending weekends as a child in his father's shop in Hawaii. In his new body of work, Perry transforms dense logs to appear light, airy and delicate. Lyrical loops, ribbons, spirals and hourglass shapes rely on negative space to define the central axis and unify the highly formal compositions, varying his finishes to accentuate the form.
Perry was born in Kailua, HI in 1963; graduated from the former California College of Arts and Crafts with a BFA in 1986 and an MFA in 1990. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA. His sculptures are included in the collections of the di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA and the Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Woodside, CA.
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Click here for Sam Perry's review in The Stark Guide.