|Gary Perrone - "Collecting my Thoughts
currenty showing at Firehouse
by Todd Camplin
The alternative art space Firehouse has debuted with the very talented Gary Perrone.
His collection of portraits and abstracts show a real play of innovation in style and in content.
Really, Perrone is harking back to a period when artists were more spiritually connected, but
Gary brings these thoughts up to date through the eyes of modern science. Perrone
describes the work as depicting the chemical reactions we see expressed as thoughts.
Unlike most of us, that take this energy for granted, Perrone records the energy of
physical nature on canvas in his paintings.
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|Perrone’s observation of these energies are best expressed in his painting that by using
small blocks of paint. You can almost feel the universe organized itself right there on
canvas. Perrone’s paintings are abstract and figurative. Both subjects give off a
feeling of lightness, joy, and hope mixed with a sometime harsh reality. I think
Perrone’s art has lofty goals, while still remaining grounded in the natural world.
I also feel that his work best describes his personal struggles with his health. When he
creates, “I intentionally release excess mental activity. As a painting unfolds, the
colors and patterns spread across the canvas like viruses or crystals.” The paintings
act as a healing process for him, but also a transformative object for us. We can
also feel the struggles and healing power from the paintings.
|Gary Perrone’s treatment of the portrait is less camera based and more like a fading in
and out memory. You feel the emotion rather than the detail of the moment. Perrone
is recording these portraits in the same way the mind stores memories, just the basic
Although Perrone’s work looks diverse at first glance, you can start to see connective
tissue to this otherwise “stream of consciousness.” Another aspect is his use of color
which has an underlining theme. You can tell he uses a more thoughtful color
palette. You don’t see any day glow or purely depressing colors here. Maybe his
years as an art director have helped him to refine his sophisticated choices or
maybe his measured approach keeps the colors tonally similar. Whatever the
reason, the results are very approachable paintings.
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|As a 1983 BFA graduate of the Hardford Art School, Gary Perrone began a career as a
graphic designer in New York City in 1984. He has continued his design career here in
Dallas, but Texas has further inspired him to branch out into paintings on canvas,
watercolors sculptures, and even cookies. “Gary is also the founder of ArtCookies LLC,
an endeavor that combines his love for cooking with his passion for art.”
Alternative spaces are an important stepping stone in an artist’s career. Places like
Firehouse and their Guest Artist program will keep hard working artists like Gary Perrone
in the public eye.