The drawings in this body of artwork are built out of paper, tape, graphite, and ink through an intuitive process inspired by systems engineering and chance operations. Successful works straddle these world views, shimmering in their opposition.

Many of the pictures refer to elements of the Copfer Dam Complex, a massive barricade and affiliated township in the American Southwest built near the turn of the 20th century but thought never to have been used and nearly lost to memory. Drawings in these series render aspects of the Complex as it was, might have been, or could be.

Perry Garvin
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



MA, Art History, Columbia University


BA, Whitman College

Exhibitions & Performances


CABIN, Launch Movement Experiment, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Reaching the Viewer, Lecture at Parsons School of Design


Art in the Expanded (Digital) Field, Lecture at Parsons School of Design


Bits in an Artist’s Practice, Lecture at Parsons School of Design


Sleeping with the Fishes:  (An Examination of the Kübler-Ross Model), Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY

The Great Saunter, Astoria, Queens, NY


Bureau of Unknown Destinations, Voyager, Massapequa, NY

Machinations, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY


Preserving Art / Forgetting Art, The INDEX Festival at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York, NY

The Muskellunge, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY


Terp, New York, NY

A Bronx Walk, Bronx, NY


FLUXCONCERT 20090220-21, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY

FLUXCONCERT 20090910, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY


FLUXCONCERT 20080305, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY

FLUXCONCERT 20080404, National Arts Club, New York, NY

FLUXCONCERT 20080613, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY

FLUXCONCERT 20080925-27, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY

FLUXCONCERT 20080925-27, Prelude 2008, CUNY, New York, NY

The Event Score, Lecture, The New School, New York, NY

New Work, Art from the Workers of the New Museum, The Stanton Chapter, New York, NY