Essences of Space: Peri Schwartz

15 Feb

Life just gets so complicated, doesn’t it?  We are constantly bombarded with imagery and information, it’s a wonder our brains can keep up!  What I love most about the work of New York artist, Peri Schwartz is her way of seeming to keep things simple in such a complicated world.

Studio XXVIII, 2010, 38x52

Using simple swathes of bold color, she distills objects and spaces into their purest planes and forms.  We are no longer caught up in minute, mind-numbing detail, but instead, can enjoy her worlds for the lively, colorful spaces they are.

Studio XXXI, 2011, 38x50

She uses perspective to great advantage, as it is directs us and gives our too often over-saturated brains a bit of a rest.. sort of just gently pulling us along so that we know just what we are seeing before we even realize we are seeing it. 😉

Bottles and Jars XVI, 2011, 36x22

The peek-a-boo quality of the lines and grids give a hint that there is much more going on beneath the surface than our eyes may notice upon first glance.

Studio XXIX, 2010, 38x52

Doesn’t that always seem to be the case, though?  We make simplistic conclusions about complicated processes.  Each of these works are a complex juxtaposition of color, light and space, fooling our eye into seeing form and shape in a primitively intricate way.

Studio XXXII, 2011, 40x44

To see more of Peri Schwartz’s work, please visit her website.

Artist found via Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR.  Check them out if you’re ever in Ashland– fabulous gallery!

Featured image is Bottles and Jars XII, 2011, 30×20.  All images are via the artist’s website.

11 Responses to “Essences of Space: Peri Schwartz”

  1. Angie Durbin February 15, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Love how fresh this work is! : )

  2. paula February 15, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Dear Lesley,
    Thanks for providing me with something wonderful and unexpected each day. It reminds me that the Art world is alive and well.

    • Lesley February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Aww, thank you for those kind words, Paula!

  3. pegs February 15, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    such quietly evocative work – somehow touching, effecting. I’m loving your blog – the breadth and diversity. thank you.

    • Lesley February 15, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      Love your reaction to Peri’s work! And I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog. 🙂


  4. Conceptual Muse February 15, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

  5. Suzanne February 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Great work – thanks for introducing me to this artist. Simple but really powerful use of color, shape, etc. don’t you think?

    • Lesley February 16, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Absolutely, Suzanne! Her use of color & shape to convey objects and spaces is what drew me to her work. Her palette is gorgeous!

  6. Suzanne Allen February 16, 2012 at 4:55 am #

    I’ve been a Peri Schwartz fan for years. I’m so glad more people are seeing and appreciating her wonderful work.

    • Lesley February 16, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      So glad to see we have a favorite in common, Suzanne!


  7. 35andupcynicismonhold February 20, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    hello, artsy forager,

    my first time to hear about her and her works – rather intelligent use of lines, lively colors and yes, uncluttered. very admirable…thanks for this. 🙂

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