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Jeff Perrone, Kill Your Landlord, 2016, mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas, 16 × 12".

Jeff Perrone

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A visitor to this show might understandably have come away thinking Jeff Perrone is an angry guy. All of the sixty-odd works exhibited, made over a ten-year span, are based on words, and a lot of those words are in your face—HATE, VILE, FUCK. The earliest pieces here, from 2008, featured one four-letter word each. By the following year, Perrone had broadened both his vocabulary and his syntax, but he’d kept his politics blunt: OVERTHROW NOT OCCUPY, ALL PROPERTY IS THEFT, WITHOUT BOSSES. A work from 2010 is just one word, but that word has six syllables: RADICALIZATION. By 2017, Perrone could combine full sentence structure with a return to basics: GO FUCK YOUR SELF.

So—angry, OK, but the anger stands in counterpoint to the way the art was made and looks. In that Perrone uses foundations of stretched canvas and hangs the rectangular results on the wall, these works derive from

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