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Luciano Perna

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“Profound Nonsense,” the title of the show, reveals something about Perna’s leanings, his interest in and commitment to absurdity. Perna trusts the messages of silliness, and it works to his benefit. Silliness offers a nuance of meaning, a layer that either confirms or throws judgment. In the center of one room sits Perfect Sense (all works, 1988), a stuffed animal—Dumbo the elephant, to be exact—in a frying pan on top of a cardboard box that once contained stereo speakers, now employed as pedestal. Beside it, a tarred and feathered motorcycle, looking insane and beautiful, entitled El Pollo Loco, which leads one to believe that Perna’s first one-person show is, in part, a comic road movie.

On the largest wall Perna has the feature presentation: 18 works, hung side by side, all 84 by 24 inches. The works are playful and unpainterly (for example, one is stained with coffee cup markings,

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