I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Peter Peri was born in 1971 in London, UK. He graduated from a Master’s Fine Art programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003. Currently, he lives and works in London, UK.
Peri’s primary mediums are drawing, sculpture and painting: three distinct bodies of work that are developed independently by the artist to create a complex set of interrelations. All works are specifically invested in the tension between line and volume, figuration and abstraction, and in the question of tradition and influence in Modernism.
His drawings are built-up through the accumulation of tiny hair-like pencil lines that lend an obsessive, congested quality to his strict forms and figures. Peri’s works on paper depict a range of subject matter, including Roman Catholic reliquaries, abstract portraits, and geometric shapes, which coalesce into ambiguous architectural structures and volumes through an uncanny play of light and shadow redolent of Metaphysical painting.
The sculptures are engineered replicas in darkened steel of ephemeral assemblages of household boxes scaled up in size to create monumental and confrontational cuboid figures. The rolls of masking tape used to construct the original assemblages often function as absurd hollow ‘heads’.
Peri’s striated monochrome paintings are characterised by hard-edged diagonal networks of fine silver and pastel coloured marker pen lines against blackened and gnarled spray-painted backgrounds. These paintings appear to trace an occult tinged geometric language—a Morse code of shifting lines and shapes—that may be used to describe the world in more elemental terms.
Peter Peri had his recent solo exhibitions Last Family (2013) at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium and We, The Children Of The 20th Century (2011) at Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France. He has also shown at Art Now (2007), Tate Britain, London, UK; Country 10 (2006), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; Classified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection (2009), Tate Britain, London, UK; and How to Improve the World, 60 years of British Art—Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK. His works are in the permanent collections of Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council of Great Britain Collection in UK, and UBS Funds (Kunsthalle Basel) in Switzerland.
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