Artist Victor Perez takes the digital age as a given in creating paintings that playfully riff on painting conventions and contemporary living. His work is rife with humor that often takes a snarky or sardonic tone. Even with minimal abstract paintings like Neon Algae and Tropical Depression he is able to comment on contemporary anxieties like ecological degradation and climate change. Victor is an artist well positioned to lead us into a hybridized digital-analog future.
In Fool (2018) we see a pair of elongated cartoonish eyeballs squirting tears between a hazy spraypainted "F" and "L." The leaky disembodied eyeballs are a signal of visual consumption from which we can't turn away. Virtual living has become so dominated by sensational fools as targets of humor or ridicule that we don't pause to consider that maybe we are the fools for watching.
Neon Algae (2016) is a coral color field with six horizontal green bands and a puffy neon green fabric wrapping the edges of the canvas. It gently upends the frontality of painting by using the edge as a focus. The greens of the painting look radioactive and the 'algae' appear straight from a laboratory. As a commentary of environmental collapse it is not overtly moralizing, but rather matter-of-fact.
In Yardwork (2016) we see a checkered gray gridded background with a painted square of grass and a single curved green line. The green line circumscribes some arbitrary grass boundary while the grid reminds us of the artificiality of both grass and land development. The strangeness of the scene leads me to wonder if there is any virtual equivalent to the absurdity of manicured lawns.