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Jeff Perrone

Sperone Westwater

Jeff Perrone’s glazed clay tiles mounted directly on the gallery walls, in groups that form geometric configurations—a reverse L, a diamond, an inverted triangle—combine a delicate painterly technique with the exacting science of ceramics. Their coloristic intensity and brilliance is mesmerizing, and though the exhibition is rife with historical allusions to Persian and Indian miniatures, as well as quotations from artists ranging from Delacroix to Frank Stella and Bruce Nauman, the artist’s touch is refreshingly light.

Perrone’s current show has rendered superfluous previous criticism by ceramists that he violates the integrity of the medium by ignoring functionality as well as the subtleties of “pure” glaze effects, by forgoing these concerns entirely. Rather than create anything that might be construed as a teapot, Perrone employs sheets of clay much as one might pieces of paper, simply

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