Peter Peri

The Call

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The Call
Peter Peri
The Call
2005
mixed media on canvas
122 x 92 cm

“The title is from H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu,” Peri reveals. “I thought that the two circles had the look of sound waves, so this painting became about a relationship between a sound and a moment of visual appearance or birth. Lovecraft’s personal take on Futurism was a horrified one (in his story the call summons up a monstrous 4th dimensional creature and city) and I’m interested in that abyssal aspect of Modernism as a movement of new beginnings, its unfamiliarity, and the violence involved in the idea of abstraction. When I work I only use spray paint, silver marker pen and 4 colours; pink, yellow, green, and blue. I use ruled lines and stencilled shapes (the balls are made by spraying through a masking tape roll). The idea is to try to preserve that sense of violence and distance that not working freehand creates; I want to avoid them becoming expressionistic in a certain sense."


     
 


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