View of “Eddie Peake,” 2015.

View of “Eddie Peake,” 2015.

Eddie Peake

Galleria Lorcan O'Neill

View of “Eddie Peake,” 2015.

At the heart of Eddie Peake’s exhibition “A Historical Masturbators” is the city of Rome—where the British artist lived from the summer of 2014 until early 2015 (and now lives part-time), integrating himself into the local social and cultural life, becoming a bit romano in the process. Twenty-one works conceived and produced during this stint are on display at Lorcan O’Neill through April 4. While they vary in medium and technique, these efforts share traces of the ironic nonchalance with which the artist constructs his associative system of ideas and images. Peake’s methodology draws from Surrealism to incorporate a vast repertory of imagery derived from the artist’s personal experiences, lending the exhibition an almost autobiographical flavor.

The show’s leitmotif is difference and repetition, which the artist explores via various permutations of subjects, images, and

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