Albert Geronès, from Mataró Cultural, talks to the renowned Mataro sculptor Perecoll. The interview took place in his studio in the center of Mataró and touched on various topics from the beginning.
Mataró Cultural, in its Interview space, talks to the artist from Mataró, Pere González Coll, known to everyone as Perecoll. Born in Mataró in 1948, he studied at the Escola Pia de Santa Anna. It was another time and once he finished his basic studies he started working.
Perecoll defines himself as a self-taught artist. We can say that he is also a multidisciplinary international figure, as he works in painting, sculpture and jewelry design. He has exhibited in Barcelona, Mataró, Brussels, Munich, Paris, London, Miami, Tokyo, New York and Geneva. For when the pandemic allows it he plans to return to Paris.
The beginnings of Perecoll they went to the Esteve de Mataró jewelry workshop. In the interview we will know the details of this first job. He later came into contact with art in Barcelona. He works in a fine arts store that has a gallery in the background and also makes art for many artists. This is the time of Procer, during which he brought many artists from Mataró, such as Arenas and Opiso, to exhibit in Barcelona.
After this contact with art, try to do some work. To do this he learns to draw with Arenas. Later he met artists from Mataró such as Alcoy, Rovira Brull, Novellas, others. Here you learn that art is more than a figurative exercise.
As for his side as a jeweler, he explains that it is a coincidence to start in this world. He takes advantage of his acquaintance with artists to ask them for designs that he reproduces. It all started one summer I had no other job to do.
Perecoll misses the group of local artists who came together to do much more than talk about art. He cites the time of St. Peter the Higher and the long conversations with the people in the group.
Black occupies a part of the reflections around his plastic work, as well as his sculptures in the public space of Mataró. There is no shortage of comments about his experience talking about art in the city’s schools.
La part final de l’entrevista serveis per comentar la irrupció de la Fundació Carmen & Luís Bassat a Mataró. També es comenten temes com les mancances culturals de la Ciutat i els pocs espais expositius.
As for the future, Perecoll argues that art must be worked on in schools in order to ensure that the men and women of the future continue to be able to understand it.