Dazed Art Residency: Javier Peres

The artist explains the ideas behind his curatorial residency and shares his collection of Dash Snow Polaroids

Dash SNOW, Untitled, c.2000, Photograph - Digital
Dash SNOW, Untitled, c.2000, Photograph - Digital C Print, Ediiton of 5, DASH9647, Courtesy Peres projects, Berlin

Fortune favours the brave and they don't come much more game than Javier Peres, the art-world-wild-child responsible for bringing artists including Dash Snow, Dan Colen, Terence Koh and Bruce La Bruce to international acclaim. His gallery peres projects in la placed him at the epicentre of art world meets Hollywood scenes. Now based in Berlin, the ever-active gallerist/artist/writer/curator has been guest curating three issues of Dazed...

I'm always interested in connecting with people, and in looking at art works that add to my field of vision

Dazed Digital: What are you exploring with your Dazed residency?
Javier Peres:
The residency was a fun way for me to think on paper about things that are of interest to me right now.

DD: As an artist and curator, what do you look for in an artist or artwork?
Javier Peres:
Beauty, truth and a connection!

DD: Describe the feeling you get when you know you've found a good idea/artist...
Javier Peres
: Pure excitement...

DD: What drives you to create and find art?
Javier Peres:
I'm always interested in connecting with people, and in looking at art works that add to my field of vision.

DD: You've coined the term 'The New Brutal' for this issue, describing it as 'art that is honest, from the guts, sometimes severe but always inspiring. Beautiful even. Why is this kind of work important?
Javier Peres:
It's important for me because it comes from within, and at the moment I am only really interested in art and artists that are true and honest to themselves.

DD: Do you think artists are becoming less brave or less willing to test those visceral boundaries?
Javier Peres:
I think it's less important to them now because the artists of the earlier 2000s exhausted a lot of the territory, so they are bored with it...

DD: What's the importance of the 'scenes' that 'brutal' art springs from; the non-institutional spaces where the work is born and subsequently inhabits?
Javier Peres
: Support groups are always important and necessary for any scene to develop... but that support group can just as well be your group of like minded friends.

DD: How does art help?
Javier Peres:
It helps me find meaning in the world!

Come back to Dazed Digital for a series of profiles on young and talented artists selected by Javier Peres, starting this Friday with Alex Israel

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