It’s a rare treat that Buffalonians get to enjoy the works of local artist Ben Perrone. But from Friday through July 19, a select group of his art from the last decade will be on display in Casa de Arte (141 Elmwood Ave.).
Much of his more recent art is inspired by the artists that fill the pages of art history textbooks. His “Van Ghost” (2011) is a play off of Van Gogh’s self-portraits. Checkerboarded in with a replica of one of those self-portraits are distorted mirrors. The viewer also sees himself or herself within the painting. And, much like the way Van Gogh portrayed himself and his subjects, that image also is distorted.
There also is “Jackson Hot” (2010), which Perrone believes might even outshine the Albright-Knox’s Jackson Pollock piece if the two were put side-by-side.
Viewers will be able to interact with a new piece called “Guillotine,” which features a piece of cake as the blade, no doubt a comment on Marie Antoinette’s famous line from the French Revolution, “Let them eat cake.”
Some may remember his “Illusion/Delusion,” which was a large tribute to servicemen and women who died in Iraq and was on display in the Burchfield Penney last year. Much of Perrone’s work has a social comment behind it, and that also will be evident in some of the works in his upcoming show. Recently completed “Black/White/Together” is a large structure that reaches the ceiling of a standard room. Perrone said it can be interpreted as a comment on race relations.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in Casa de Arte.
– Andra Cernavskis