The title work and central piece of the show is a large wall-like structure made up of interlaced wooden branch forms. Like much of his work, the piece is biomorphic and lyrical, taunting our visual sensibilities in its maze-like complexity. It feels as if it’s expanding, growing into the space around it; we have the uncanny sense that the individual pieces might re-arrange themselves while we’re not looking.
Perry has the innate ability to transform wood into something that seems malleable – a natural progression from his early days as a ceramicist. A reverence for the material of wood and a dedication to the craft of sculpture are ever-present in his work, and this grouping is no exception. Having lived with his source material (fallen trees from the Runnymede Sculpture Farm where he has works for over two decades) for often years before making the first cut, the trees become co-collaborators and this relationship between sculptor and material is intrinsic to the work.
Sam Perry was born in Kailua, Hawai’i where he worked as a child in his father’s canoe shop and is based in Oakland, California
Sam Perry Clew
Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 26, 2019
Artist Reception: September 7, 2019 from 5pm – 7pm
Rena Bransten Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107