Palm Canyon
July 21st, 2015

28 August – 14 November 2015
Rochester Art Gallery, Medway Visitor Information Centre, Ground Floor, 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX

Opening hours: Mon to Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 10.30am-5pm (closed on Sundays from October-March)

Anima 
 – Paintings by Dan Perfect

Dan Perfect’s paintings begin with improvisational mark-making on paper. That vocabulary is then expanded through digital compositing to inspire large scale painted canvases full of detail, colour and dramatic gesture. These evoke a natural world bound up with technology; bold brush marks and sinewy flashes of neon dart across fluid, spacious backgrounds, whilst nascent figures, masks and beasts emerge as if summoned from some primal formlessness.
Implicit in Perfect’s practice is the question of how and when something animate arises; how we recognise ourselves emerge from the vast flowing river of sense-data and our endless surprise at burgeoning self-consciousness and mutating identity.

Perfect’s recent paintings eschew previously explicit forms to create a more abstract sensate field, with a profusion of drifting elements. Several possible simultaneous readings are suggested: the paintings as portraits; the frenzied actions of biology on a micro-scale; the hybrid forms of human information language.