Peter Peri

The Kowal Odermatt Project is very happy to introduce Peter Peri as its 2014 fall resident in Miami.

kowalodermatt-peter-peri-006Peter was born in 1971 in London, UK where he currently lives and work. He graduated from a Master’s Fine Art programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2003.

Peri’s mediums are drawing, sculpture and painting. 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, 2014 group show “ Dans un Interieur, Almine Rech Gallery, France”.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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