Leading up to this year's Big Brain Awards, we're checking in with past winners. Up today: Joseph "Sentrock" Perez.
Joseph "Sentrock" Perez may have moved to Chicago since winning a Big Brain Award in 2011, but the artist's presence in Phoenix hasn't waned. He returned to town for "Generations: Inspiration of Bird City," a group show at Willo North that featured work of his alongside that of Martin Moreno and Luis Gutierrez. And he has plans for another show in his hometown: a must-see exhibition at Palabra in May.
But that's not all he has in the works.
See also: Announcing the 2014 Big Brain Finalists
What have you been up to since winning a Big Brain Award? So, it's a been a couple years since I won that award, which was amazing!!!!
Since then, I have grown into a local celebrity and gained the courage to share my art with more and more amazing people.
I currently live in the city of Chicago, where my Big Brains plaque hangs proudly in my studio! I have since been making murals, gallery shows, designing art for celebrities, athletes, and everyday people that need visual encouragement. I released a shoe with Bucketfeet and I'm currently working with Adidas on creating something new. At the current moment, I have become somewhat reclusive and try to focus on making art, in the end that's all that matters to me, as far as achievements for my career. On a personal note, I'm getting married in June (thanks to the award, I believe), and everyone is invited!
What's your next big project? My next big project is still under works -- trying to do some brainstorming. I have a few ideas, but I really and striving for a gigantic installation and renting out the Phoenix Art Museum (in the works).
As for now, I'm on a constant pursuit of adding to my visual narrative that consists of 50 plus pieces that all correlate with each other. Hoping to bring that to Phoenix.
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Where do you see Phoenix a year from now? I see Phoenix being pretty awesome. I been blessed with this bird eye view (no pun intended) to see all my friends doing great things in the city. I see such an improvement of support as a whole. I can't wait to see the foundations develop even more. I hope to see the galleries there thrive!
Where do you see yourself a year from now? For me, in a year, I have no idea. Who knows where I'll be. I know I'll be married to a amazing women who is currently in her last semester of getting her teaching degree. I hope to start getting back into community art projects and traveling much more.