LaMontagne Gallery is pleased to present new works by Jeff Perrott, in an exhibition called Transitional Subjects, on view now through March 3rd.
In this, his third show with LaMontagne Gallery, Perrott continues his longstanding use of contingent systems, and his recent employment of Random Walks, as a vehicle to develop his paintings. The artist's Random Walk (RW) works redirect the hand though a chance operation, thus opening a simultaneous critique and advancement of the language of abstraction. In the transitional work on view, the artist deploys multiple simultaneous walks, replacing the minimal simplicity of past RW works with a dense and crowded space. The resulting works offer a view onto collective contingency.
'The intertwined RW works complicate the sense of thrownness in the work into a social proposition," Perrott says. "As simultaneous walks contact, dance with, clash into, and challenge each other, they trace a shape of social contingency - the real that we are always already engaged in collectively, in ways as much given as chosen."
The works simplify the artist's formal means with flat, unencumbered lines and often primary colors, catching the vibrancy and immediacy of Perrott's investigative process, while suggesting a childlike, primitive sensibility. They show the searching and vulnerable quality at the core of the artist's practice.
'The Random Walks question what I think of as the will of abstract painting by forcing a negotiation with contingency," he notes about the series. "At the same time, as chance is choice, the process pushes through its own blindness into what I think of as a different sort of will, marked perhaps by curiosity with, and participation in, that very thrownness of the situation.'