Some of John A. Peralta’s earliest memories are of him and his brother pulling their red wagon around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, collecting broken radios, televisions, tape players, and then opening them up to see what made them tick.
A self-taught artist through and through, Peralta’s early deconstruction experiences would inform his later artistic practice. Now known for his unconventional sculpture style, Peralta combines mechanical objects and high-tech materials to create complex representations.
“First, I look for objects that are interesting to me personally,” he relayed a recent interview with CLOT Magazine, explaining his creative process. “I’m drawn to mechanical complexity and elegant design. I also look for pieces with which the average person might have a personal connection; think of your father’s pocket watch or your grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. I’m looking for that deep emotional connection with the ethereal that stirs up long forgotten memories in the viewer.”
According to Peralta, his interests are in visual and textural contrasts, motion, mechanics, space, time, and the use of bold colors, with influences including cubist artists like Metzinger and Picasso, and the surrealist, Storm Thorgerson.
“My fascination with mechanical objects has only intensified as the variety of pieces with which I’ve worked has expanded,” he admits. :My interest in them has also evolved. Working so closely with these old machines – seeing the wear patterns, grime, and dust that have accumulated over the decades and even centuries – feels like I’ve been given a private window into the lives of the people who once owned them.”
Take a closer look.