Cuban Artist Bends Perceptions

In the essay “The Judge,” I describe artist Diuver Arias’s work in Homestead, Florida:

This is D.’s practice: Take objects from everyday life—a hammer, a nail, a sandal—and turn them into art. The hammer is not a hammer. It’s a method of power. Its shape can be bent, manipulated, made flexible. He tells me later, “The hammer has the capacity to hit and also to take out the nail. It can be used for good and for bad.”

Here are a few photographs of his work.