April 11, 2012

D.J. Perera, "Black Tranquility", Solo Show in East One Gallery

Review by Tiffany Von Cannon, History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

Black on Black in a World of Color

B ii 2011, oil
The East One Gallery in the Career Services Office currently exhibits 'Black Tranquility' - paintings by artist DJ Perera (a graduate student at Pratt Institute).

'The impetus for my abstract exploration derives through a "less is more" directive,' DJ quotes. His aim is to progressively explore a new form of cultural representation by introducing a profoundly new sense of compositional space. In effect, the color of his paintings are all black. As the title of his exhibition asserts, tranquility defined is the state of being calm.

On a personal note - to the audience of DJ's art - one must certainly incline to the presence of each work of art and particularly to its metaphysical composure that is conceived from Perera's mind: a single idea, a single thought. This notion has enabled the art-making process to be wholly intuitive for not only the artist but for the engagement between art piece and viewer as well.

B x 2012, oil
This BLACK transcends above any material construct, opaque shade or opposing color. DJ experiments with what is beneath the dark of night. Its omnipresent quality and the rest of its obscurities. This BLACK can be perceived as a paradox in the means of casting while evoking a stir of sensations congested from its very nature. The viewer succumbs to the color of these compositions whether she/he is aware of it or not.

Due to the absence of or complete absorption of light, the eye of the beholder pays more attention than she/he might have usually done under preconditioned terms. Within seconds, the visual rendition of spilled, splotched and lathered paint reveals itself in microcosmic detail.

"Imagination thus generates an entirely new language that is a
visual context in which the artist becomes both creator and spectator." -DJ Perera

Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice review. In the ultimate calm that he seeks to convey, there is something primodial about Perera's work.