Robert Perless in his studio
Brooklyn, New York
|Known for||Kinetic Art|
|Notable work||Dream Weaver 2008, Sun Dagger 2004, Orion's Belt 2002,|
Robert Perless is an American artist whose particular focus is kinetic art sculptures.
Perless was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1938. He studied Art and Engineering at the University of Miami in Florida. In 1978 after working in cramped quarters in New York City, Perless determined to build an all-metal house and studio in Greenwich, Connecticut. He contracted architect John Ciardullo who designed a house and studio framed in steel, with aluminum exterior paneling, which Perless built himself, welding and erecting the structure and sculptural railings and cutting and hanging the exterior Alucobond panels. The large sculpture studio with 25 foot high ceilings is part of the main structure.
Perless is part of the Kinetic Art movement. He has created kinetic structures as public artworks for municipalities, post-secondary educational institutions as well as private sector commissioned art installations for various corporations. His works were discussed at the first International Kinetic Art Symposium February 9, 2013 in the presentation on the link between Kinetic Art and the generation of Electricity from the wind; They were also discussed during the Breaking The Barriers panel discussion and detailed in the presentation following the panel discussion on how his 40 years of Kinetic Art works, lead to the development of small wind turbines for use in urban environments.
Body of work
The works are created in his large Greenwich studio adjacent to his home, using industrial materials. His works are inspired by early 20th-century modern sculptors, including the Russian Constructivists, the Italian Futurists, and European and American masters who used new materials and the concept of motion and speed in art and life.
His works have been acquired by museums and public galleries including:
- Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut
- Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
- Oklahoma Art Center, University of Oklahoma,
- Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
- Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
- William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut
Perless's work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, including:
- 2012 Sculptors Guild, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
- 2008 In-Site Governor’s Island, NY
- 2006 Robert Perless: Public Visions One-Man Show, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT
- 2006 Sculpture in the Park, White Plains, NY
- 2004 Art Omi International Arts Center, Omi, New York
- 2003 Sculpture Now, Stockbridge, MS
- 2001 Space 2001, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
- 2000 12X12X12, Greenwich Art Society
- 1997‘94‘87‘78 Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
- 1995 Environmental Sculptures, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
- 1991 - 96 Andre Emmerich’s Top Gallant Farm Sculpture Garden, Quaker Hill, NY
- 1991 ‘92 Paris-New York-Kent Gallery, Kent, CT
- 1989 Connecticut Biennial Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
- 1980 Taft Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 1976 Bonino Gallery, One-Man Show, New York, NY
- 1975 Forum Gallery, New York, NY
- 1972 Bernard Danenberg Gallery, One-Man Show, New York, NY
- 1970 Light, Motion, & Sound, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
- 1970 Eclectra ‘70 Pepsico, New York, NY
- 1970 Whitney Museum, New York, NY
- 1969 Galerie Simonne Stern, One-Man Show, New Orleans, LA
- 1968 Bodley Gallery, One-Man Show, New York, NY
- Slesin, Suzanne. "Cast in Metal." New York Times Magazine, Part 2. April 15, 1984, pp 34–35.
- GA Houses 17, February 1985, Pp.60-67
- "Amours d'aluminium," Decoration Internationale, Octobre 1983 Pp.82-95
- "Modern Sanctum," Interior Design, October 1985 Pp.242-243 et seq.
- Presentation Review
- 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium, Boynton Beach, Florida, Feb 8 - 10, 2013
- "Cosmic Conversations" Greenwich Magazine, September, 2006
- "Aerodynamic Abstract Art" Greenwich Time, Monday, July 9, 2001
- Orion's Belt
- "Over the Rainbow with Greenwich's Perless" The Greenwich Citizen, Friday, September 29, 2006
- "Orion’s Belt Shows City’s Coastal History" Corpus Christi Caller Times 4/16/01
- "Sun Dagger: Heber City, Utah", Public Art Archive
- Utah Arts Council, Annual Report 2005 page 6
- The Public Art Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, Page 67
- The Public Art Review, Spring/Summer 2002
- Genocchio, Benjamin (June 15, 2003). "It's Back to the Future for the Aldrich Museum". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
In the 1980's, the museum sold works by Louise Nevelson and Frank Stella, among others. The remaining collection includes pieces by Vik Muniz, Scott Richter, Nassos Daphnis, Robert Perless and Melissa Meyer, all of whom are taking their works back.
- Charles, Eleanor (March 20, 1994). "Connecticut Guide". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
Among the creators of the designs were Roger Ferris, architect; Robert Perless, sculptor; James Grashow, artist, and David Collins, curator of the Storm King Art Center.
- "Exhibits: Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art". On the Town. The Hour. October 30, 1997. Retrieved August 23, 2016 – via Google News.
New sculpture by Robert Perless installed in the Museum's sculpture garden
- "Robert Perless: Heavy Construction Number 2 1969". Whitney Museum of American Art. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- "Campus Art Walk". University of Connecticut. 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- "Public Art Tour: University of Connecticut, Storrs Castleman Building". Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- "Robert Perless Connecticut Artist". Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
- Sculptors Guild Images of Perless' work
- Works: Rainbow Monad, 2006 ; Molecular Exploration, 2002; Molecule, 2002
- on YouTube
- Photos of Perless kinetic sculptures