Reviewed by Brian Young
Frank Perrelli is the only true painter in the bunch, a frequent indicator that contemporary art, especially that which concerns urban reality, tends to eschew the quaint nature of pure painting. Octopus (2013) is the artist’s most complex work with the giant sea creature superimposed over a simplified variation on dense, Neolithic settlements that share walls, such as Çatal Höyük, now Turkey. Perrelli’s professional background in architecture, city planning and art history is impressive, but his work’s relationship to this show’s theme is difficult to see unless Farinholt is casting a wide net or being ironic. The inclusion of Perrelli’s dragonfly and daisies are equally perplexing. Are his creatures a modern day variation of King Kong that will terrify the modern metropolis?
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