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.
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:
ART OF THE TIMES
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
my modern met
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.
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.
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.
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.
aether magazine 07.18.2017
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.
how to spend it (italian edition) 04.2017
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.
la weekly 09.22.2016
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.
DALLAS STYLE & DESIGN SUMMER 2016
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.