New York

Jeff Perrone


Jeff Perrone’s recent works, while not actually paintings, have been in painting format: striped abstractions on canvas, evoking formalist traditions but made eccentrically, in a mix of colored sands and sewn-on found buttons. Earlier on, though, Perrone worked for years in ceramics, to which he has now returned. Once an art critic, he has also returned to the use of language. It would be too much to say that in words he has found his voice—the stripe works were totally articulate—but he has certainly found a way to address political, social, and art-world issues that have clearly been weighing on his mind.

The new works are glazed clay tiles that hang on the wall. Prettily colored, mostly in blue, yellow, and white, the tiles are lined along their longer, vertical sides by rows of semicircles and triangles, a reference to decorative art that Perrone also made in the store-bought moldings

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