‘At the still point, there the dance is’ continues Perkins’ exploration of history painting as a means to critically engage with the current affairs of contemporary society. Using an abstracted combination of text and image obtained from various online news services, the works resist an all-at-once perception (and reproduction) to privilege subjective interpretations made in the space between abstraction and figuration, between looking and reading, and between surface and interface.
Image:7 November 2019 (stick whispers to whispers and pronounce a manifesto), 2019. 137 x 213 cm, oil pastel and acrylic paint on polyster, Aaron Perkins. Image by Thomas Oliver.