Lombard Freid is pleased to present Exit Strategy, Dan Perjovschi’s third solo show with the gallery. Perjovschi is known internationally for his unique blend of wit and sociopolitical critique, and for this exhibition, Perjovschi targets the upcoming American presidential election.
Having collected months worth of newspapers, Perjovschi’s interest in American and world politics has informed his recent work, a series of interventions directly on the papers. Perjovschi has simultaneously used these pages as intellectual sources for his drawings and as the physical ground on which they were created, investigating the relationship between the media, the public, and the artist himself. As he is known to do, Perjovschi has created many of the drawings on site, responding directly to his immediate physical and social environment. The show illuminates the artist’s continued critical engagement with world politics through his dynamic illustrations, pairing humor with a critical eye in discussing the Obama and Romney campaign trails
In addition to Perjovschi’s drawings, Exit Strategy also features his War Collage series, created in 2003 on the occasion of the United States’ invasion of Iraq. These 56 works on paper blend media images of the war with food advertisements, ubiquitous elements presented side-by-side in any newspaper of the time. These colorful juxtapositions propose a complex and comical investigation of the relations between media and capital—the war abroad and our consumption at home. Displayed alongside Perjovschi’s new drawings, the War Collages prompt us to think about the socio-political events of the last ten years and the necessary connections between the news of yesterday and that of tomorrow
Exit Strategy questions how we’ll reconcile today’s turbulent political state with that of the recent past, specifically the war in Iraq. Is the future born out of the events of the past
Dan Perjovschi—born in 1961 in Sibiu, Romania—currently lives and works in Bucharest. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Between Lines, Kunstraum Stein, Krems; Perjovschi, Reykjavik Museum of Art; A Retrospective, Center for Contemporary Culture, Tours; The News After the News, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Intense Proximity: Art as Network, La Triennale Paris, Palais de Tokyo.