Hell On Wheels
Solomon Projects is pleased
to present Hell on Wheels, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures
and works on paper by Atlanta-based artist Joseph Peragine. The
exhibition will also premiere Peragine's new animation, Pass the
Ammunition. The exhibition will be on view from February 4th through
March 26th, 2005. We hope that you will be able to join us for
an opening reception with the artist on Friday, February 4, 2005,
from 6 9 PM.
Hell on Wheels presents Peragine's most ambitious body of work
to date. The exhibition represents the culmination of two years
of extensive research into the history and career of the World
War II Sherman tank. The tank is ripe with associations, especially
now given the current state of world affairs. It is therefore
timely - and somewhat uncanny - tanks are the focus of this exhibition.
Executed in a variety of materials from oil on canvas to cloth,
cardboard, bronze and video, these works pay tribute to the tank
and engage the viewer to think about the myriad associations it
evokes. A thirty-two page catalogue accompanies this exhibition.
It includes an essay by John Spiak, Curator at the Arizona State
University Museum in Tempe, AZ.
A reception in conjunction with the College Art Association is
planned for Thursday, February 17, 2005 from 5:30 7:30 PM.
Joseph Peragine is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting
in the Department of Art at Georgia State University. He received
his MFA in 1995 from Georgia State University and a BFA in 1983
from the University of Georgia. Solo exhibitions of his work have
been presented at the Palm Beach ICA (2004), Solomon Projects
(2002, 1999), The Gallery at Green Street, Boston, MA (1998),
and Art in General, New York (1997). His numerous group exhibitions
include Florida Atlantic University (2005); the Cheekwood Museum
of Art, Nashville, TN (2004); Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (2004);
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL (2002); Nexus Contemporary Art
Center, Atlanta, GA (1998); and the National Gallery of Art in
Beijing, China (2001). Other accomplishments include a Ford Foundation
grant (1982), and a prestigious five-year studio residency at
the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (1998-2002). In 2003, Peragine's
animation Three Small Deaths (2002) won the Juror Choice Award
at the Seventh Annual Arizona State University Art Museum Short
Film and Video Festival. This is Peragine's third solo exhibition
at Solomon Projects.