Ben Perrone (b. 1933), Illusion/Delusion, 2009; black paper bags and monofilament, 252 x 252 x 252 inches; Purchased with funds from Annette Cravens, James and Gloria Paul, Roberta and Roger Dayer, Michael and Anne Genco, 2009
Ben Perrone: Illusion/Delusion
On View Friday, July 12, 2013–Thursday, January 2, 2014
Ben Perrone’s installation is a tribute to the Servicemen and Women who died in Iraq. The massive 26 foot tall installation communicates the enormity and impact of war. An inverted pyramid constructed of black bags evokes the burial places of kings married to the iconic representations deceased soldiers returning home. The inverted temple is both a remembrance and a statement of protest against the unnecessary loss of lives.
The sculpture is made up of 4300 black bags, each representing a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost his or her life in Operation Iraqi Freedom as of 2009, when the work was created. This is the first time that the work has been installed in a gallery, having been acquired by the Burchfield Penney in 2010.
Illusion/Delusion by Ben Perrone, a pixilated sculpture where form is defined by a dot pattern. The twenty five foot form, like a ships bow, is made of 4300 black bags containing the names of Iraq casualties at the time it was purchased by the Burchfield Penney Art Center.