Today we’d like to introduce you to Ignacio Perez Meruane.
Ignacio, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am an artist working in the El Sereno neighborhood of LA. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela to Chilean/Palestinean parents. After spending some time on the East Coast, I came to Los Angeles for graduate school at CalArts in 2007 and have been here ever since.
Has it been a smooth road?
I make sculptures and installations. A single installation or sculptural project may involve years of research, planning, and studio work. Sometimes executing the work is a labor of love, especially considering that sculpture and installation work is not necessarily the most commercially viable, but I seem to have found a formula that works for me in which I am able to focus on the kind of long-form projects that I want to work on.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
First and foremost, I am a sculptor. My practice is focused on exploring overlapping histories- geological, political, social and personal – and thinking through their connections through a sculptural process. Many of my projects have focused on the connection between resource extraction and our built environment, and the process by which raw materials become commodities and circulate globally. I am interested in how capitalism and globalization intersect with and impress upon culture, people, and our environment. My work frequently takes the form of sculptural installations that use the materials and objects associated with the histories in question, such as plaster, copper, food, and in my most recent work, the rail industry and the engineering of the LA river.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
My favorite thing about LA is the supportive community of artists, non-profits and artists-run organizations in Los Angeles that make the most interesting projects happen with little to no institutional or commercial support. In conjunction with Clockshop, I have been working on a public sculpture that will go on display at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in late September 2020. Clockshop is an amazing non-profit organization focused on inclusive public programs about pressing political and environmental issues and use collaboration to catalyze large institutions.
- Website: www.ignacioperezmeruane.com
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