José Santos III has long challenged perceptions of ‘the everyday’. In his early works, Santos painted hyper-realistic trompe l’oeil scenes and surreal, dreamlike compositions. The multimedia artist has developed a cryptic style, leaving his work open to interpretation. He continues to explore a fascination with objects in an effort to uncover their histories, simultaneously obscuring the viewer’s perception of the familiar. In ²hide (2014), and exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries, Santos exhibited a new body of work featuring everyday objects imbued with new meanings. Unnoticed objects are often placed in the spotlight, repositioned to create a new experience. Santos evokes a renewed appreciation for the hidden, showing us the extent to which we take objects for granted in daily life.