How to make your own John Perry sculpture
One of America’s most celebrated painters, John Perry, was born in the South, and his paintings have been on display around the world since the 1960s.
But many of his sculptures have not made it to the States.
Now, the sculptor is collaborating with a group of artists to create a new version of the work, which is set to be exhibited in Los Angeles on July 13.
Perry is best known for his famous “Barefoot in a Cage”, a depiction of a young woman, and the “Spirits of the South”, a collection of African-American artists, including Jim Morrison, who wrote “I Am Not a Negro” in the 1960 US presidential election campaign.
In the US, Perry is often remembered as a civil rights activist who campaigned for the right of African Americans to vote.
But in his later years, Perry was often critical of racism in the arts, and has also worked with artists who are also African American, including Roxy Music and Michael Moore.
Now, the pair are collaborating to create an installation that is part sculpture, part painting.
The project is a collaboration between the artist, the Los Angeles Museum of Art and the artists.
Perry will paint the sculpture, which will be made of wood and will be covered with a “Sparks of the Southern World” painting.
He is also planning to use the painting to create what he calls the “Belt-Sitters” sculpture, a work that shows the effect of a city’s racial and cultural segregation on black Americans.
“The ‘Belt Sitters’ sculpture is a series of three paintings which have a similar theme, so it will be more of a work of art, a piece of art than a sculpture,” Perry said.
“It’s a representation of the way the arts were treated during the civil rights movement, the way they were discriminated against, and how those experiences continue today.”
“Barefeet in a Caged” was painted in 1968, when Perry was in his late teens.
He told Al Jazeera the painting was inspired by a conversation he had with a black friend at a jazz club in the US.
“My friend told me he felt like he was in a cage,” Perry said.
“I said ‘Well, how about a Cage, I guess?’ and he said, ‘I would be in a good Cage’.”
I said, what if I put a Cage over you?
And I think that’s what the Cage is all about.
“And he said ‘I like that idea, I like the idea of it being an actual cage’.”
The artist is hoping to raise $500,000 for the installation, which he said will be a tribute to Perry’s life.
“We are hoping to reach $500 million,” he said.
The exhibition, entitled “Bart and the Cage”, will be at the Los Vegas Museum of Contemporary Art (LMCA) from July 7 to 15.
It is an important project for Perry, whose career spans two decades.
He first took part in the civil-rights movement in the early 1960s, and later became a key member of the civil resistance in 1968.
He said his work reflects the challenges that African Americans face today.
“I think that when you think of the history of African American history and the struggles that we’ve had over the past half century, I think what it shows is that the history is not a static, linear story,” Perry told AlJazeera.
“There’s still a lot of room for improvement.
And we hope to be able to show that, in the future, as well.”
The project will be based on the “sparks and tears” paintings from Perry’s work, and a new painting by the same artist.
“Barter of the Spheres”, by Robert Gagosian, was painted by Perry, who has said he is still a student of Gagosians work.
Perrys “Saints” will feature the artist in his “Bagpipe” painting, which has been on show at LMCA since 2013.
He said the “Cage” was also inspired by his own experience, and that it will focus on the black experience in America.
“For the first time in my life, I’m looking at a painting where I was actually in a prison,” Perry added.
“There’s a lot to be said for the idea that you can do something, you can express yourself in a way that isn’t just passive.”
He said the exhibition was also a chance for the public to have a closer look at Perry’s “Bike”.
“I have always been fascinated by bikes and I’m always fascinated by the idea [of] people riding around, the people riding them,” Perry explained.
“And I thought I could do something with that.”