See this art: A 1910 phonograph is disassembled, then strung together

by Michael Barnes

Some people take things apart. Others put them together. Then there are those who make rarefied art by doing both.

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Market Art + Design Returns to Bridgehampton for its 9th Edition

by Alejandra Tenorio

Situated in the heart of the Hamptons, Market Art + Design will offer an interactive experience with exclusive installations and events that will exceed all expectations as the fair celebrates its ninth consecutive year. Designed in an expanded, museum-quality pavilion, the fair will highlight the industry’s most innovative makers including Wendy Letven’s “Flowtopia”, Kevin Barret’s “Scarlet” presented by C Fine Art, John Peralta presented by George Billis Gallery, David Datuna presented by Gilles Clement Gallery and Seek One presented by Aced Gallery and The White Room Gallery, among others.

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3D Drawings of John Peralta

By Anastasia Shartogasheva

It all started with an exploded diagram of a bicycle the artist saw by chance. Charmed by its fragile beauty, he returned home and set to work recreating the vision in three dimensions. What became his hobby eventually became his life; forsaking a successful career in education and non-profit consulting, and after spending good part of his life living abroad, he settled back in the US and established himself in Texas, where he creates his 3D sculptures of vintage iconic objects.



By Megan Reed

John Peralta, an artist based in Austin, Texas, is here to remind us of the potency of human ingenuity, revealing the incredible and irrevocable human power behind mass mechanization. Peralta, in his artwork, dissects machines--literally... ; subverting the finished product by reversing the fabrication process. He takes machines apart and then offers all of their components in stunning, suspended schematic displays that reveal the inner workings of these often ubiquitous and utilitarian tools. The results are breathtaking: floating iPhones with microscopic screws and screens revealed, suspended amidst ghostly spaces in between, delicately hovering between these materials.

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By Danielle McCloskey

On view at New York's George Billis Gallery from December 11th through January 19th is the work of sculptor John Peralta. Utilizing the "exploded-view" diagrammatic technique commonly employed by engineers, Peralta unveils the inner mechanisms and inner beauty of mechanical objects. 

We asked John to talk a bit about the process behind his work:

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Sculpture Artist John Peralta Reveals Hidden Beauty in Mechanical Antiques (pgs 34-35)

by Belinda Cai

Vintage cameras, typewriters and computers may end up abandoned at antique shops, but what these items have produced — endless stories, memories and feelings — will never be lost. Fine sculptor artist John Peralta captures this concept by exploding and suspending mechanical antiques into unique disassembled sculptures. Like the objects once peering into the private lives of their users, one can examine the many layers and complexity of the inside of these artifacts. Peralta’s work is delicate and precise. Every fine piece of these intricate items shines, in a way that displays the object’s fragile beauty.

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Mechanations: Historical Machines as Three-Dimensional Exploded Diagrams

by Paul Sorene

Do we open up digital devices the same way, or get the same joy and feeling of physical endurance from laptops and smartphone as we once did from pressing the button on a camera, hitting the keys on a typewriter or writing ball, seeing the words, a kind of visual art, appear on paper? The actor Tom Hanks prefers to use a typewriter. Why? Rod Serling, the screenwriter, explained the typewriter’s role in the creative industry: “Writing is the easiest thing on Earth. I simply walk into my study. I sit down. I put the paper in the typewriter and I fix the margins and I turn the paper up and I bleed.”

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Mechanations: Historical Machines Exploded into Individual Components in Sculptures

by Kate Sierzputowski

The sculptures break down the mechanics of the 20th-century devices, presenting a unique peek into the simplicity of objects before the Digital Revolution. Peralta dissects iconic machines in areas such as design, communication, and entertainment. This technique, which he has used for over a decade, was inspired by seeing a similar sculptural diagram on the back of a Chinese magazine in 2005.  “I was inspired by its fragile beauty, and imagined a three-dimensional version with a real object,” Peralta outlines on his website. “Using only a ruler and simple tools, which I still use today, I developed techniques for suspension which expose the inner workings of these humble mechanical objects.”

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Art and Life with John A. Peralta

by Sarah Abrams

“I like to think these machines hold our secrets that we’ve long forgotten. They’ve watched generations pass; recorded every scene, love letter, and document. If you’re patient, and you look closely, you can see that each image, word, and note is permanently imprinted on them.”

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my modern met

Iconic Objects of the Past “Dissected” Into Incredible Suspended Sculptures

by Jessica Stewart

Self-taught artist John A. Peralta has long been fascinated with the inner workings of everyday objects. As a child, he would take apart machines to see how they work and create inventions with the pieces. Now, the fine artist uses that curiosity to dissect iconic objects of the past, stringing up their internal workings to create incredible sculptures.

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Fine Artist John Peralta "explodes" our most beloved machines to create elegant sculptural works

by Carly Zinderman

Peralta’s passion for science and the arts has been explored through various career paths, which include serving as the Executive Director of International External Affairs at UCLA, and starting a small toy company. It seems there isn’t much that Peralta can’t find inspiration in, especially when it comes to creation itself.

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Bellus Magazine

The Sum of Their Parts: The Vivisections and Resurrections of John Peralta

by Brittany Knupper

... “what if you could make a sculpture, where you took all of the pieces of an object and could suspend them, in air...?” Just like that, his muse was found.

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John Peralta works with early and mid-20th century machines that began the seduction of humans and their “bot”. Peralta dissects antiquated technologies like typewriters and sewing machines, painstakingly taking them apart and arranging them with new sculptural and aesthetic value.

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Austin Chronicle

William Geisler + John Peralta at Wally Workman Gallery

By Wayne Alan Brenner

Peralta's deconstructed machines and Geisler's encaustic abstracts turn painstaking toil into patterns of brilliance.


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aether magazine


By Rachel Stephens

John Peralta suspends our imagination. The objects he chooses to include in his series, Mechanations, strike a chord of nostalgia and wonder... there is something romantic about Peralta’s work. Frozen in elegant suspension, these objects are idealized and revered. Clean and impeccably constructed, Peralta’s work presents these objects without flaw.


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how to spend it (italian edition)

Scultori Di Suoni

By Alexis Paparo

Come John Peralta: secondo questo scultore, originario del New Mexico, la meccanica perfetta delle single parti era non meno affascinante del suo intero. Ecco perché l’opera Exploded Guitar, realizzata per I nuovi uffici Fender, a Los Angeles, è una Fender Telecaster.


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la weekly

Fender Guitars Has a New Home in the Heart of Hollywood

By Matt Wake

Art installation “Exploded Guitar” by artist John Peralta on display at Fender's new offices on Gower Street.


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Atypical Art

By Chase Wade

An assemblage of CINQ’s most intriguing new works comes from Austin artist John Peralta. Peralta’s pieces stem from the deconstruction of off-kilter items, ranging from a saxophone to a handgun. His meticulous craftsmanship magically brings life to once-lifeless goods.


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