Opening Reception, November 19, 5-8pm
On View Through December 19
In A Simple Story, Jamie Perry continues to explore the imagery that is central to his visual vocabulary. We see a man lost in thought as he stares at an abstract painting, a woman standing in a driveway with a suitcase while her face lies just outside of the composition, and a lone farmhouse set on the prairie under a dramatic sky. Each piece is infused with the endless possibilities found in the vastness of everyday life. Perry leaves us a visual handle to hold onto and invites us to enter the piece not just as a viewer but also as a participant, filling in the details of the stories who’s framework he has built.
Drawing from a wealth of influences including Edward Hopper and Maynard Dixon, Perry has worked to reduce his artwork to the most basic components. Perry says, “Most of my paintings are comprised of two main elements…light and space. A solitary subject illuminated on a vast plane of darkness invites the viewer to feel a sense of isolation, but at the same time, warmth and safety.” These powerful works engage the viewer at a personal level while striking a visual and philosophical balance. This balance informs and reflects the simple stories that we all have to tell.