Emilio Perez "Breakfast by the Light of the Moon"

Galerie Lelong

poster for Emilio Perez "Breakfast by the Light of the Moon"

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In Breakfast by the Light of the Moon, Emilio Perez shifts towards a more elusive approach and darker palette than seen in his previous abstract paintings while still maintaining his signature practice-juxtaposing freeform movement with meticulous, measured actions.

Perez's unique process entails painting sheets of latex and acrylic in different hues onto wood panels and then, using a blade, decisively cutting away at layers, revealing the colors underneath. The final works are striking, complex designs that simultaneously evoke upheaval and harmony. Throughout this organized chaos are blended, muted shades. Working without preliminary drawings, Perez displays a deeply instinctive dexterity with movement, composition, and color.

Previously, Perez employed sharp contrasts-between light and dark tones, between foreground and background, between broad, sweeping arcs and short, swift lines-and achieved works with a strong, graphic presence. In the works exhibited in Breakfast by the Light of the Moon, elements converge more subtly, with steady, painterly arrangements and an intangible sense of space that plays with the viewer's perception of depth and direction. Dark, rich colors dominate and envelop the plane. Titles such as time is burning and forget all i said further shroud the works in mystery, suggesting emotions and events without overt visual associations.

Also on view will be the artist's drawings-restrained, self-contained compositions of ink and watercolor on paper. Though an entirely separate practice from the latex and acrylic works, the drawings reveal the same innate, elegant sense of movement seen in Perez's paintings.

[Image: Emilio Perez "growing up fine" (2009) Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York]



from February 11, 2010 to March 13, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-02-11 from 18:00 to 20:00


Emilio Perez

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