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Enoc Perez: The Fires

August 28 – September 28, 2020

My method came out of a preoccupation with creating paintings that would make sense historically (at least in my mind) with New York painting. When I started to paint in New York, and still today, I felt that Andy Warhol's paintings were important to artists in New York. So I thought that if I somehow used printmaking in my process, I could have some sort of relationship with history. Then I started to make these drawings and would transfer them to canvas by adding oil paint on the back and then redrawing them on to the canvas, kind of like carbon paper—a printmaking process that I still use today. One of the interesting things about the method is that when layered enough, it produces a sense of decay, like real life. In a way, it contradicts the sense of optimism that the buildings embody. Or my own sense of optimism, even. Maybe making paintings today comes through as an act of optimism since painting has been declared dead almost every year for decades. And that desire to move forward with it may parallel the aspirations of this type of architecture.

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Enoc Perez

Brooklyn, NY April 2020, 2020

Oil on canvas

18h x 24w in

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Bunny One, 2020

Oil on canvas

35h x 42w in

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768 Fifth Avenue, NYC Plaza Hotel, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

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San Ángel Inn, Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, 2020

Oil on canvas

43h x 34w in

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Home of Si and Victoria Newhouse, NYC, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

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Palais-Royal, Paris, Apartment of Jacques Grange, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

Enoc Perez

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas

34h x 24w in

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Enoc Perez

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

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Enoc Perez

Brooklyn, NY April 2020, 2020

Oil on canvas

18h x 24w in

Enoc Perez

Bunny One, 2020

Oil on canvas

35h x 42w in

Enoc Perez

768 Fifth Avenue, NYC Plaza Hotel, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

Enoc Perez

San Ángel Inn, Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo, 2020

Oil on canvas

43h x 34w in

Enoc Perez

Home of Si and Victoria Newhouse, NYC, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

Enoc Perez

Palais-Royal, Paris, Apartment of Jacques Grange, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

Enoc Perez

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas

34h x 24w in

Enoc Perez

Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas

42h x 34w in

For me, strictly, I don’t put people in the buildings. I don’t put people in the interiors. It’s always a rule. I can do portraits of people, and I love doing portraits of people. But when it comes to the spaces or to the buildings, they have to be portraits of things. It’s like an attraction. An interior is like a mental construct. It’s like a muscle, part of the brain or part of the lung. It’s a reflection of their mind.

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Enoc Perez’s artwork is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; British Museum, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; New York Public Library; RISD Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College; Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; Williams College Museum of Art; Queens Museum; University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University; Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara; Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University; Vera List Center, New School; and the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin.

He will be the subject of a major retrospective at the Museo de Ponce, Puerto Rico, in Fall 2021, and subsequent exhibitions at the Collezione Maramotti in October 2020; Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, in October 2020 and at the Guild Hall, East Hampton, in April 2021.

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