Featured Artist: Lee Perillo

Lee is always searching

Lee spies with his little eyes, something unsettling. When Lee sees the infamous image “Fall of Saigon” he responds by challenging it. His seamless removal of the image’s key components forced me to reexamine the space around it. The mundanity of the architecture and empty sky protrude out towards me and I am stuck with what remained after the helicopter took off and the crowd dispersed.
Or, instead of removing, did Lee insert the helicopter and the people in, as if to remind me of the events that occurred in that exact location on earth April 30, 1975? Without the two pivotal aspects, the building is devoid of context and meaning.
His work offers me a wide range of speculatory wiggle room and challenges perceptual norms, attitudes, and assumptions. His non-linear mapping of space and self ingeniously provides the viewer with infinitesimal questions and very few answers.

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