• Jeff Perrone
    Greatness is Pathology
    2009
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    36 x 12 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Our Global Intifada
    2011
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    36 x 12 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Armed Resistance
    2013
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    All Property is Theft
    2010
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    20 x 20 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Lust
    2008
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    10 x 8 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Slave Labor Built White House
    2010
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    28 x 22 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Shit
    2008
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    10 x 8 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Not Normal
    2010
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    16 x 12 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Bomb MoMA
    2012
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    16 x 12 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Queer Atheist HIV+ Arab
    2009
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    20 x 20 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Abolish Prisons
    2011
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    20 x 16 inches

  • Jeff Perrone
    Hang Your Landlord
    2011
    mud cloth, buttons, and thread on canvas
    20 x 16 inches


PRESS RELEASE

Opening reception: Friday, September 9th, 6-8pm

In the East Wing, CvsD is delighted to present the first Chicago exhibition of Jeff Perrone. Debuting a previously unseen body of work, this exhibition features small and medium sized canvases, coarsely textured African mud cloth, onto which colorful buttons have been sewn. The buttons themselves are gorgeous, hand selected vintage ones collected over decades by Perrone, who carefully arranged them into sharply political, polemical, and sometimes aggressive texts. The jewel-like opulence and ingeniousness of the compositions is productively contradicted by the extremity and curtness of their multi-layered meanings. Born in Atwater, California, and active in New York since the 1970s, Perrone was a founding figure of the movement known as Pattern and Decoration. He showed with Charles Cowles Gallery in the ’80s, and has had solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater, Holly Solomon Gallery, and Cheim & Reid. Perrone is also a well-respected arts writer, and his 1976 Artforum essay “Approaching the Decorative” helped rethink the status of the decorative in contemporary art.