Past Tense; Present.
The Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL
January 11 – February 28, 2020 (opening reception January 11, 5 to 9pm)
Perri Neri (MFA Pratt, BFA University of Tampa) creates expressive large-scale figurative paintings. In her latest body of work, she is “finding ways of thinking about what it means to exist without progress. It starts with a moment, a laugh, a scream, an election…and using the whole of art history as the proverbial cliff, I jump, trying to make relevant my present state of being, before the final thud.”
“Past Tense; Present. is in part a response to a patriarchal structure and a dominating power system that has survived generations of feminisms. The feminine archetype, from the Virgin Mary to Wonder Woman, continues to offer up unattainable ideals. How does it feel to live without progress? And, another question—How did fighting against the cultural censorship of women’s sexuality in the arts turn into a hyper-sexualized industry that is just as patriarchal as the censorship? I want to offer an art that is intensely honest. There is value in expressing what my state of being feels like today— to paint the human experience of being pushed to the limit, or to be unashamed. I am looking for truth beyond reason.”