Perri Neri “Monster: The Drawings”

Ceres Gallery

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Re-thinking the female body, specifically her own, Neri obsesses with binary opposition— pain and pleasure; nurturing and torturing; opulence and the mortification of the flesh. These tensions set the stage for a provocative dance between figurative and abstract.
Neri sheds the skin and plummets into the depths of being human. Soft solid folds, knotted and woven push out what is underneath. Corpuscular forms rise to the surface writhing and struggling while others are clenched and steadfast. The distorted proportions challenge the social construct of physical appearance.
Directly inspired by the art of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, Neri’s detailed drawings are personal meditations on her family history traced back to 15th century Florence. In Renaissance Portrait (right), Neri tries on the opulent costume and bound hair of a young woman displaying wealth and prestige to legitimize a marriage. In Study of Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes (above), Neri offers powerful graphic life to the expressive movements that animate the painting by Artemisia Gentileschi.



from April 01, 2014 to April 26, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-04-04 from 18:00 to 20:00


Perri Neri

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