Simon Pericich

Simon Pericich has held solo shows including ‘Simon Pericich’, Myers Place, Melbourne; ‘You have been me’, Substation, Melbourne, ‘HACKED’, 24HR art, Darwin and included in numerous group exhibitions including ‘Regimes of Value’ The Substation Gallery, Melbourne; ‘White Night’, Melbourne; ‘BYOB’, Design Hub, RMIT; ‘Curtain Call: End of the World Party’, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne. ‘Telepathy and love: The Spanish Apartment’, Australia Council for the Arts Barcelona Studio, Spain; ‘studio open’, Tokyo Wondersite, Shibuya, Japan; ‘open studio’, Glasgow Sculpture Studio, Scotland. In 2010 Pericich received the Qantas Foundation Travelling Award and was shortlisted for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Pericich is curator for The First Site Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne.
Today’s commodities and signs of perceived value will soon become obsolete. This discarded detritus is collected to build a worthless funeral pyre in hysterical celebration to the perpetual insanity of consumerism. A homemade Molotov cocktail (with a fistful of dollar notes as a fuse) made from a decorated petrol and urine-filled Coca Cola bottle replete with smiley face stickers, sits ineffectually in a world that is already ablaze. Detritus is the new currency in an economics of obvious ruin. Pericich’s paranoid offering of everything you thought you desired is not an alternate reality, it is our world.
In this work, the cacophony of surfaces generates hypnotic allure. It is a dislocated, self-copulating, ever-evolving, low-fi spectre caught in an infinite gyrating nightmare – a postcard from a place where you and I try and live, together.
Pericich completed a Masters of Art (Sculpture) at the Victoria College of the Arts in 2006; Graduate Diploma (Hons) in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2004 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Curtin University in 2001. Pericich was recently a 200 Gertrude Studio artist and has received various funding and residencies, including an Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship. His work has shown at West Space, Melbourne, Block Projects, Melbourne, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney,24HR Art, Darwin, the Fremantle Arts Centre and Gertrude Artists Space, Melbourne, to name a few.