Enoc Perez at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Enoc Perez’s show consisted of 13 very large oil paintings hung far apart from each other. The subject matter of the paintings consisted primarily of architecture—buildings from the past appearing to be from the future. Two of the paintings were figurative; one, a nude with her back turned, painted in mostly black, white and purple; two, a painting of a couple painted in mostly blacks, whites, purplish-reds, and blue. All of the pieces were painted in a granular, impressionistic, almost grunge style with flat swaths of bright color that end up looking dirty, faded, and ultimately, old. James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne: Blue and Gold—Old Battlesea Bridge comes to mind.

Perez’s style brings a feeling of somber nostalgia and even sadness, as the viewer looks upon the degradation that has befallen once beautiful wonders of architecture.

I liked this show quite a bit.

-rgm

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