Comments to installation of SLINKY CHICK ROCKS, Cincinnati Children's - summer 2015:

Nice, very nice going to the job done right.  Here is a sign of botanical, even cosmic renewal.

Congrats, Phiilip/Miriam Larson 

Just makes me want to dance. I have been thinking about"Satisfaction" playing for that slinky chick - wish i could be at that installation. Aloha. Andrea Jepson

Children and their parents coming and going to and from a hospital need a reason to smile. You have given them one. Even I, in near perfect health, feel better having seen it. Keep spreading the cheer.  Joan Carothers July 2015

 

 

Signature Moves: Perci Chester

by Camille LeFevre

To walk into Perci Chester's studio is to enter a landscape of towering metal forms, sprawling investigations of shape, whimsical dips into color, and succinct commentaries on mythologies ancient and contemporary. She describes her sculpture as anthropomorphic and as visual poetry that invites viewers to explore dynamism and stasis in tangible, surprising ways. For this exhibition, she's including two-dimensional prints intended to interact with her sculpture. More surprising are her forays into video. By projecting imagery onto a new sculpture, Wirewalk, Chester brings together all of her prior intentions and concerns with a vibrancy that juxtaposes past storytelling with future narratives.

City Pages 8/6/2014 

 

I so admire the deliciously manic playfulness in your sculptures. Depending on the piece, you are creating work where metal seems to float weightlessly off the ground, or to careen without impediment like a sprung coil, or even to press into the earth like a primal root. Always doing something — metal in action. I love the attention you give to the surface of the sculptures, whether it’s the glimmering surface of metal slicked in automobile paint, or it’s wrinkled sheets of textured metal that arouse eye and sense of touch in equal measure. Your work strikes me as conceived in response to a joyous amusement with the world. As a sculptor you find a strong ally in color—in fact, some of the sculptures seem to me like kinetic paintings that have burst three-dimensionally from a canvas.

David Harris, musician/writer based in Minneapolis, MN.


Defying Gravity with Sculpture

By Joe Kellen

MNDaily.com August 2014

 

“Your work has such uniqueness of expression.”

Myrna Orsini — director of Monarch Art Center, in Washington State

“The work of Perci Chester exposes that inner understanding…the integration of purpose and possibility, a directness and humor, light and profound.”

"I love the thought of Odalisque held captive by the shadow of her existence...you have a wild mind, really wonderful, brilliant Perci.”

Christine Taylor Patten — writer and artist, Taos, New Mexico

The amazing thing about human existence is that the world is intelligible. Even in times of absolute chaos, we maintain a unique relationship to our physical surroundings. The objects in it are more than lumps of matter. Given sufficient attention, they communicate to us. They disclose something understandable.

These sculptures exist at an abstract midpoint of this disclosure. They mean to interrupt the process of recognition before it is complete.

Alexander Lawrence Bender — graduate in Philosophy and Classics, Kenyon College and Oxford University

Part of the engaging aspect of Chester’s works stems from the interesting way they can be read as figurative art, even when our initial sense of the sculptures is abstract...Chester prefers to work in between genres of form, a decision that enhances the intellectual presence of her work as well as intensifying the long debate between abstraction and representation. Chester’s sense of artifice is often based upon form as it appears in the real world; however, she treats form as an open-ended inquiry, searching for the moment when we suddenly recognize that her composition is to be read conventionally, as a realistic treatment of how she sees.

Jonathan Goodman — critic/writer based in NYC whose articles and reviews have appeared in ARTnews, Art in America and Sculpture.

As a perpetual learner and an ardent observer of my surroundings, I am confronted by notions of the fragility of time and the mystery of being. 

Perci Chester



 

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Comments to installation of SLINKY CHICK ROCKS, Cincinnati Children's - summer 2015:

Nice, very nice going to the job done right.  Here is a sign of botanical, even cosmic renewal.

Congrats, Phiilip/Miriam Larson 

Just makes me want to dance. I have been thinking about"Satisfaction" playing for that slinky chick - wish i could be at that installation. Aloha. Andrea Jepson

Children and their parents coming and going to and from a hospital need a reason to smile. You have given them one. Even I, in near perfect health, feel better having seen it. Keep spreading the cheer.  Joan Carothers July 2015

 

 

Signature Moves: Perci Chester

by Camille LeFevre

To walk into Perci Chester's studio is to enter a landscape of towering metal forms, sprawling investigations of shape, whimsical dips into color, and succinct commentaries on mythologies ancient and contemporary. She describes her sculpture as anthropomorphic and as visual poetry that invites viewers to explore dynamism and stasis in tangible, surprising ways. For this exhibition, she's including two-dimensional prints intended to interact with her sculpture. More surprising are her forays into video. By projecting imagery onto a new sculpture, Wirewalk, Chester brings together all of her prior intentions and concerns with a vibrancy that juxtaposes past storytelling with future narratives.

City Pages 8/6/2014 

 

I so admire the deliciously manic playfulness in your sculptures. Depending on the piece, you are creating work where metal seems to float weightlessly off the ground, or to careen without impediment like a sprung coil, or even to press into the earth like a primal root. Always doing something — metal in action. I love the attention you give to the surface of the sculptures, whether it’s the glimmering surface of metal slicked in automobile paint, or it’s wrinkled sheets of textured metal that arouse eye and sense of touch in equal measure. Your work strikes me as conceived in response to a joyous amusement with the world. As a sculptor you find a strong ally in color—in fact, some of the sculptures seem to me like kinetic paintings that have burst three-dimensionally from a canvas.

David Harris, musician/writer based in Minneapolis, MN.


Defying Gravity with Sculpture

By Joe Kellen

MNDaily.com August 2014

 

“Your work has such uniqueness of expression.”

Myrna Orsini — director of Monarch Art Center, in Washington State

“The work of Perci Chester exposes that inner understanding…the integration of purpose and possibility, a directness and humor, light and profound.”

"I love the thought of Odalisque held captive by the shadow of her existence...you have a wild mind, really wonderful, brilliant Perci.”

Christine Taylor Patten — writer and artist, Taos, New Mexico

The amazing thing about human existence is that the world is intelligible. Even in times of absolute chaos, we maintain a unique relationship to our physical surroundings. The objects in it are more than lumps of matter. Given sufficient attention, they communicate to us. They disclose something understandable.

These sculptures exist at an abstract midpoint of this disclosure. They mean to interrupt the process of recognition before it is complete.

Alexander Lawrence Bender — graduate in Philosophy and Classics, Kenyon College and Oxford University

Part of the engaging aspect of Chester’s works stems from the interesting way they can be read as figurative art, even when our initial sense of the sculptures is abstract...Chester prefers to work in between genres of form, a decision that enhances the intellectual presence of her work as well as intensifying the long debate between abstraction and representation. Chester’s sense of artifice is often based upon form as it appears in the real world; however, she treats form as an open-ended inquiry, searching for the moment when we suddenly recognize that her composition is to be read conventionally, as a realistic treatment of how she sees.

Jonathan Goodman — critic/writer based in NYC whose articles and reviews have appeared in ARTnews, Art in America and Sculpture.

As a perpetual learner and an ardent observer of my surroundings, I am confronted by notions of the fragility of time and the mystery of being. 

Perci Chester



 

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