MEANING IN ART: Tangible Polygons: The solution is to keep solving
Tangible Polygons, installation view
Jacob Perkins, untitled (work from BFA exhibition)
2009, vine and compressed charcoal on paper
Perkins is notorious for building up a surface and tearing it down again, or burying it and excavating it years later. While many painters are known for this, Perkins does it to a degree that is almost infuriating to me. Indeed, living and working along side him during his residency here at 17 Cox has been agonizing as he solves one area of the canvas, but has to paint over that area to solve the entire canvas.
Sphere, oil on panel, 2011, 24 x 30”, installation view
While traveling with Perkins to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, I took him to the 3rd floor of the Art of the Americas Wing. There he wiggled through Cesar Paternosto and Frank Stella to point out a Josef Alber’s painting to me, and you can definitely see the influence of Post-Painterly Abstraction in Perkins' work. Certainly not a hard edge painter, I admire the way that Perkins approaches solutions that we assume to have a hard answer somewhere; somehow he finds and offers up the finer lines in between these answers.
|Jacob Perkins, (clockwise from upper left) Raspberries, Drrr., Arizona, Vibestone Beach|
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