Statement – Vanitas at All Too Human
This installation is part of the ongoing Vanitas project – Plexiglas mirrors silkscreened with two overlayed striped colors that get arranged environmentally to coincide with and challenge their architectural surroundings.
Vanitas refers to the coded symbology of 16th-17th century still life painting practice, which depicted objects representing the impermanence of lived experience – including reflective surfaces and mirrors, which often depicted the painter or owner, and spurred viewers to self-reflection of their very impermanence.
Here, the mirrored surface gets interrupted by strident color and the repetitive stripe; the eye is forced to negotiate among the reflected and always changing – impermanent - ‘real’ environment; an awareness of the object itself; and the effect of color thrown onto the ‘real’ space. In a sense, it’s this complicated ‘real’ that Neitzsche explored in the aphorisms of his Human, All Too Human.
The installation for All Too Human explodes the grid I have used in previous installations, to allow the composition to touch my recent interest in random walks and uncertainty – another dimension of impermanence, suggesting the unpredictable movement of humanity and flow here in the commercial space; movement channeled by the desire and fetish and vanitas and art of the reflected couture on racks and shelves.
This work courtesy S3 Contemporary, Boston. Many thanks to Jessica Knez for love and support of the vision.
Jeff Perrott, 2017
Jeff Perrott | Biography
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Lives and works in Massachusetts
Represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York;
Associated Galleries: Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles; S3 Contemporary, Boston; LaMontagne Gallery, Boston
2017 | Dark Tomorrow, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
2017 | Transitional Subjects, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston
2012 | Vitavulnus, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
2012 | The View From Nowhere, solo project at Volta NY 2012 with LaMontagne Gallery
2010 | Random Walks in Endless Fields, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
2010 | Random Walks in Endless Fields, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2009 | Empty Canvas, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2006 | La Vie Éternelle, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2005 | Nature of Things, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston Massachusetts
2005 | Vanitas, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut
2002 | Gethsemane, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
2001 | Current Work, The Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut
1999 | More or Less, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1996 | Events and Additions, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1995 | I.,Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 | Becomings, Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT
2016 | Overgrowth, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
2015 | This is Boston Not L.A., Zevitas/Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 | Recent Works on Paper, Walker Contemporary, Waitsfield, VT
2014 | Pulse Miami Art Fair with LaMontagne Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 | Assembled by Hand, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA2013 | Black and White, curated by Shay Kuhn, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 | On The Road, curated by Lynn Cooney, Boston University Gallery, Boston, MA 2007 | Love’s Secret Domain, curated by Seze Devres and Tracey Norman, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York
2007 | It’s Gouache and Gouache Only, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2006 | Fall Group Exhibition, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut
2004 | Beautiful Male Objects, Sarah Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York
2003 | Flow: Urban Organic 2, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut
2002 | Urban Organic, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York
2002 | Urban Organic, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut
2000 | Polar Bear in a Snow Storm, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston
2000 | Center Street Studio (prints), Marsh Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1998 | Black and White, Forrest Scott Gallery, Milburn, New Jersey
1998 | A Gathering, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1998 | The Space of Speech, curated by Elizabeth Michalman, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts
1998 | Pattern, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1997 | The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
1997 | Summer Group Exhibition, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1995 | Gone Later Today To Ward Off Further Hilarity "Happy to Have Saved Us All” & La Chute de Camus, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
1995 | RipArte Mostra Internazional e di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
1994 | A Garden, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1994 | Tickets, curated by Geoffrey Young, Littlejohn/Sternau Gallery, New York, New York
1994 | The Studio Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
1994 | Summer Group Exhibition, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
1993 | Anything-But-Paper Prayers, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Marsh Art Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Selected Corporate Collections
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Digitas Corporation, New York, New York
Wellington Management, Boston, Massachusetts
State Street Bank, Boston, Massachusetts
The Abbey Group, Boston, Massachusetts
KPFG, San Francisco, California
Bingham McCutcheon, Boston, MA
Microsoft Corp, Redmond, WA
1992 | M.F.A., Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
1988 | B.A., Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Christopher Stackhouse: “Jeff Perrott – Recent Paintings,” catalogue essay in Jeff Perrott: Vitavulnus, published by the artist and LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, 2012.
Francine Koslow Miller: “Random Walks in Endless Fields,” interview with Jeff Perrott in Jeff Perrott: Random Walks in Endless Fields, published by the artist, 2010.
Francine Koslow Miller: “Empty Canvas: New Work by Jeff Perrott,” catalogue essay in Jeff Perrott: Empty Canvas, published by the artist, 2009.
Francine Koslow Miller: “Jeff Perrott: Nature of Things,’ catalogue essay in Jeff Perrott: Nature of Things, Open Studios Press, 2006.
2006 | Nominee, Foster Prize, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
2005 | Winner, Eben Demerest Fellowship, Pittsburgh, PA
Marina Veronica, “Jeff Perrott at Barbara Krakow Gallery,” online: Big, Red and Shiny, November 5, 2005. http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/BRS.cgi?section=review&issue=31&article=JEFF_PERROTT_2871256 Cate McQuaid, Galleries, (“A painter’s risks pay off with deeply felt work”), The Boston Globe, October 11, 2002.
Lynda Saltz, Art Review: Garden Ghosts at the Barbara Krakow Gallery, Newbury Street and Back Bay Guide, October 25 to November 7, 2002.
Cate McQuaid, Galleries ("Text creates its own images…”), The Boston Globe, March 19, 1998.
Miles Unger, “Jeffrey Perrott: I/Project Room: Chuck Holtzman”, Art New England, February/March 1996.
Nancy Stapen, “Jeffrey Perrott/Chuck Holtzman”, The Boston Globe, November 30, 1995.