Stars and Cars

Jump aboard the mother ship of two exhibits delivering a wild ride

He takes what appear to be miles of vinyl tape — used for pinstriping — and creates compositions that seem to fuse geometric abstraction with Op Art, achieving a collagelike effect imbedded in pancake-thick coats of impenetrable glossy resin. Named after an etching by Francisco Goya, the exhibit draws comparisons between artist and laborer, between judgment and taste, between the one-of-a-kind original and the mass-produced knockoff. Perry employs the same technique as a blue-collar drone would when detailing a gun-metal-gray Benz with butterscotch interiors and 27-inch rims. His meticulous, labor-intensive process also serves as a commentary on the growing consumer fetishism for individuality.

An untitled SUV-size piece features brown, maroon, and burgundy strips of tape overlapping each other in a basket-weave fashion in the background. In the middle of the composition, what looks like a Maltese cross fills a diamondlike enamel field that shimmers in waves of iridescent hues. The surface is as slick as a surfboard, with raw zones of plywood peeking through the congealed ribbons of tape.

In another piece named after the exhibit, one observes what appears to be a starburst or a rainbow being sucked into a black hole. This painting, like others in the show, looks machine-made rather than painstakingly crafted by the artist's hand.

Kenny Scharf's tricked-out 1960 Cadillac at the Kevin Bruk Gallery
Kenny Scharf's tricked-out 1960 Cadillac at the Kevin Bruk Gallery

Details

"Astral Cumulo Uber Express": Through June 1 and “The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters”: Through May 6
"Astral Cumulo Uber Express": Kevin Bruk Gallery, 2249 NW 1st Pl, Miami
“The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters”: Fredric Snitzer Gallery, 2247 NW 1st Pl, Miami; 305-448-8976

Observing Perry's work, one begins to notice he has taken a quantum lurch toward perfection. He creates what might be termed zones of desire or a refracted prism into a subculture eager for life in the fast lane — or at the very least hooking up with J.Lo for some action in the back of an Escalade.

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