Exhibition: Course by Peter Peri

The news that London’s galleries and museums are finally opening up is music to the ears of the Capital’s culture vultures. While lockdown’s virtual tours have been a lifeline for the art-starved, there’s nothing quite like going to see real works, up close and personal – even if it is strictly by appointment, and with social distancing rules adhered to, for now.

Almine Rech presents Course, an exhibition of recent work by London-based artist Peter Peri, and his fourth at this particular Mayfair art space.

And we can expect a visual feast: think candy-striped beams that radiate around  quadrilateral shapes; geometric landscapes, hand drawn and coloured with aerosol paint and flecks of ink. But there’s a creeping sense of menace behind the rainbow stripes: Peri’s large scale Super Topology (2019) is said to be like riding a carousel at a haunted, Victorian-style fun fair, whirling into the dark. The artist’s earlier work recalls classic horror novels and it’s clear to see he’s no stranger to the dark side, here.

“Peri’s paintings, such as The Call (2005), referenced Lovecraft’s ‘Cthulhu mythos’: a cycle of stories about a Leviathan-like creature who rises from the depths of time to torment humanity. Peri’s spiralling compositions remind me of Lovecraftian narrative arcs: the writer’s monstrous ‘circling’ around a cold space. They synthesise a vortex and pull you into the centre.”

The gallery will be open by appointment only and for the safety of visitors and staff, masks must be worn by all visitors upon entrance. Hand sanitiser will be provided at the door and throughout the gallery. We also ask that visitors observe social distancing advice. For further info: contact.london@alminerech.com 

Until 31 July, Grosvenor Hill, Broadbent House, W1 (020 7287 3644; alminerech.com)

Peter Peri Almine Rech London Exhibition