Peter Peryer

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

PETER PERYER'S best-known photograph may be the dead cow with legs akimbo that featured on the poster and the cover of the catalogue for Second Nature, his 1995–97 traveling exhibition curated by Peter Weiermair and Gregory Burke. But there is a back story to Peryer's coolly composed images of the '80s and '90s. Before his topsy-turvy cow inflamed the sensibilities of New Zealand meat producers, Peryer was better known for his angst-ridden photographs of the '70s, including an ongoing series of portraits of his wife, Erika Parkinson. As a document of a marriage the series is concise, at least in comparison to the more than 500 pictures Alfred Stieglitz took of Georgia O'Keeffe: This exhibition, the first to explore the cumulative dimension of the project, brings together just twenty images taken between 1975 and 1980 They record a charged collaboration that exerts unusual pressure on the

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