Perino & Vele

Alfonso Artiaco

It was difficult to enter the gallery to see this installation by Perino & Vele, since the artists had created a sort of obstacle course in the corridor outside. In fact, visitors had to walk over a floor of papier-mâché “pillows,” passing between zinc-plated-iron stakes and huge piles of colored paper sheets. The sensation was unpleasant, in part because the papier-mâché was still fresh and gave off an extremely strong odor of glue.

After negotiating the tortuous entryway, one finally reached the large gallery space, the center of which was dominated by a gigantic installation made out of Perino & Vele’s characteristic materials. Beneath a papier-mâché quilt—the hallmark of this duo from Italy’s Campania region—one glimpsed the silhouette of a camel attempting to flee the blades of an enormous electric blender. The scale of the piece and the presence of the threatening metal machine made

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