Perkins uses architecture as a means to explore the pervasiveness of memory. His oil paintings are based on models he constructs out of cardboard and mixed media. The models represent made-up architectural spaces, with a basis in the artists’ own recollection of buildings from his past. This combination of real and imagined spaces conjures an illusionary utopia where architecture represents a psychological state as much as it does a material property.
Curator, Cambridge Galleries, ON
The City: Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, ON (2006)
More about The City:
“Former Guelph resident and artist Richard Perkins’ latest exhibit is a truly fascinating analysis of memory as a malleable construct…”
“Painting the City.” Pulse Niagara.
Volume 20, No. 9, 2006.
“Yesterday was a beautiful, warm and sunny July day. I left work early and walked toward Parc de Lafontaine…”
“Reconstructing Memory: Factual Errors and Fictional Truths (On the Recent Paintings of Richard Perkins).” 2005.
“The unsettling ‘alternative reality’ of Richard Perkins’ large-scale paintings is no surprise, given the process of their making…”
“Richard Perkins, The City.'” 2006.