Enoc Pérez - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Galerie Michael Janssen, Enoc Perez: Tender, October 31 - December 20, 2008

  • Literature

    Galerie Michael Janssen, Enoc Perez: Tender, exh. cat., Berlin, 2008, p. 19 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    I see buildings as metaphors, as abstractions. I like how architecture can embody ideas, “the future”, progress, enlightenment, optimism, etc. In fact it can project ideas in any direction. To paint architecture is to paint ideas. It is to paint an abstract refection of current society.

    (Enoc Pérez quoted in “Interview with Enoc Pérez”, Zing Magazine, May 2010).

    Enoc Pérez has used architectural forms throughout his body of work to pay homage to the cultural ideals of generations past and present. Many of Pérez’s works depict large buildings placed on fat, and often times, monochrome backgrounds. The flatness of the background forces the buildings to the front of the composition so as to draw greater attention to the fne lines of the architecture. Pérez achieves this effect using oilstick dipped in paint and transferred to paper. The paper is then pressed against the canvas leaving the desired image behind. The use of the oil stick and the transfer from paper create evenly distributed blocks of paint with sharp lines and rich, uniform color. Pérez completes this process multiple times depending on the number of colors within the work, and so in many ways, Pérez builds his composition onto the canvas much like erecting a building.

    The present lot, Institute for International Visual Arts, London, 2008, is archetypal of Pérez’s distinct painting style. The soft blues and purplish grays used for the background give the illusion of an overcast London day, and push the building to the front of the composition to increase emphasis on its grand stature. Pérez’s forced perspective, flat background space, and interlocking colors and shapes project the complex design of the building as well as the intricacy of his own unique artistic process.


Institute for International Visual Arts, London

oil on linen
78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in. (200 x 200 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated "Enoc Perez, Institute for International Visual Arts, London, July 2008" on the reverse.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York