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Robert Miller Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Hirsch Perlman. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since Projects 54 at The Museum of Modern Art in 1996. The selection surveys the absurd and mournful work that Perlman has completed since his participation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

The current exhibition presents photographs, silkscreens and installation. The photographs are selected from the following bodies of work; Sketches, Apparatum Armorum Ineptum, My Reproof, Operation Idiocracy, and ergo despero. These works, part sculpture and part performance, are recorded in their final form in long exposure black and white photographs. (In one notable exception color has been added). The silkscreen series Schrödinger Cats is named after the Austrian physicist’s thought experiment which uses a cat to illustrate the paradoxical nature of quantum mechanics. An installation presents an independently published, unlimited run of the U.S. Army’s Counterinsurgency Manual. The manuals are offered for sale with the proceeds benefiting both National Popular Vote (working to dismantle the Electoral College) and The Center for Constitutional Rights, an organization fighting for the rights of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners to contest their detentions.

Hirsch Perlman was born in 1960 and is a graduate of Yale University. He is Associate Professor and Area Head of the Sculpture department at UCLA. Perlman has exhibited at museums including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Drammens Museum, Drammens, Norway; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; and P.S.1, New York, NY.

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Hirsch Perlman 2007