Jonathan Perez




Neither Confirmed nor Denied: MFA 2015

SUArt Galleries

April 2 – May 10, 2015


Artist Statement

Generic Membrane, (2015)

installation, opaque

 black acrylic glass, polished aluminum, wire, mono sound

variable dimensions


Following the protocol that the eye in the ear must be exercised, each panel in

Generic Membrane

slices the continuous phonic territory of a denaturalized voice’s reading of a Latin epigram carrying a metaphor spuriously attributed to St. Augustin into instrumental textual maps. The

topos of a sunbeam traveling through glass without breaking it, has been at the same time an explanation for the Incarnation of the Word, a Patristic weapon against Christian heretics, and the transgenerational residue of a mythemetic kernel of an enduring

generic image. The text is localized from vocalizations of this generic image and is cycled back into

the original, where it is thoroughly contaminated and becomes an imaginal palimpsest inscribed by a confluence of archaic and contemporary translation methods.