Gerry Perrino turns banal objects into visual metaphors, then invites viewers to imagine stories behind the images. The paintings in "Shelf Life" are from a larger series previously exhibited at HallSpace in Boston under the name "Syntatic Structures." Though Perrino has specific narratives in mind for each of his images, he welcomes departures from his intended meanings. "The fresh perspectives that viewers bring...inform my work and expand my conceptual horizons," says Perrino. He hints that his titles give clues to the stories he means to tell and adds that "irony and word play" are evident in abundance.
Interpreting Perrino's images encourages us to bring to bear out understanding of history, current events and societal norms. In doing so, we learn about ourselves and our place in the world. Perrino is an Associate Professor and Chairman of the Art Department at Salve Regina University.