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Selected Works

Maria Pergay
Maria Pergay
Maria Pergay

Demisch Danant is pleased to present a group of new works by Maria Pergay, May 19 - July 2, 2010, for her third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Pergay has created 4 new works which exhibit her undeniable expertise in the use of stainless steel, developed since the late 1960s. Broken Cubes(2010), a pair of side tables, appear to have been violently torn open to reveal an exotic snakewood interior. She tears the steel like it is a piece of fabric, creating an internal paradox about the material itself. With the Rainbow Table (2010), Pergay elaborates on her use of car lacquer (Bracelet and Ribbon Pouf, 2007) to create a colorful, signature pattern for a dining table. By using an original base from the famous steel top model of 1968, Pergay reminds us that while her creations are in constant evolution, fundamentally, there is no disconnect between old and new work. Furthermore, the consistent strength with which she has maintained her core design vision is apparent. In fact, Pergay has consistently reinvented her own distinctive design elements, like ribbons and belt buckles, across different mediums and periods of her work.

Since her groundbreaking show of new work in 2006 held at Demisch Danant and Lehmann Maupin galleries, Pergay has exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Korea and London. She has also focused on private commissions and is working with Demisch Danant on her catalog raisonné, to be released in 2011. After a half century of creation, Pergay continues to surprise both herself and her collectors. Pergay turns eighty this year and shows no signs of stopping.

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