David Perry is unique among Australian artists in that he is equally competent in making paintings, drawings, prints, posters, photographs, films and videotapes. In work encompassing more than half a century, he has demonstrated his proficiency in these media, with his art exhibited in international film and video festivals and leading art galleries. To some extent, this versatility has counted against him, since he has been unclassifiable, a hybrid for which there is no name, other than multimedia artist, though this has come to mean someone who combines mediums, which David rarely does.
DVD 1: 1964 - 1970
Swansong in Birdland (1964)
The Spurt of Blood (1965)
Poem 25 (1965)
The tribulations of Mr DuPont Nomore (1967)
Mad Mesh (1968)
A Sketch on Abigayl's Belly (1968)
Fragments from the Past (1973
A TV Show (1975)
Interior with Views (1976)
My Dutch Newsreel (1985)
Letter to Russia (1990)
David's Mad Mesh (1968) is one of the first 'video-graphic' works in Australian art, and significant when compared to similar experiments, such as those by Nam June Paik. It came about when he was working in the ABC's Federal Engineering Lab, and observed the electronic mesh of a faulty television camera tube, which he deformed with magnetic interference and shot the resultant image off a television screen, using coloured filters.
His video Interior with Views (1976) makes a connection with painting and art history. As he says, 'I have always been drawn to French painting because it honours the everyday, the egalitarian, without polemics'. He sees his low-tech black and-white video rendition of landscape as 'similar to the effect of soft charcoal on white paper'.