New Work by Peri Schwartz
February 4 - March 24, 2012
Closing Reception: March 3rd, 6-9 pm
For the last decade, Peri Schwartz's primary subject has been the interior of her own studio. One might expect this narrow subject matter to be limiting. On the contrary, the exercise has allowed Schwartz to uncover a seemingly boundless reserve of compositions, colors, and surfaces. The history of each image is often visible in the traces of grid lines or the ghosts of objects she has decided to reposition. Invited to observe the painting's progression in this way, the viewer has a sense of working through the compositional puzzle along with the artist. Process is paramount, and her paintings are more investigations or studies of an object than polished final products, giving the impression that the artist could pick up her brushes again at any time to adjust one. In turning her attention to her immediate surroundings, she employs the patient discipline of intensive visual study. Her introspective vignettes demonstrate the simple elegance of jars and painting tools arranged on a table, well-used art books stacked on an industrial stool, or of sunlight reflecting on glass.
Peri Schwartz grew up in Far Rockaway, NY. She studied at Boston University's School of Fine Arts and received an MFA at Queens College. She lives and works in New Rochelle, NY. Her work is in museum collections in the US and Europe.