The “High Desert Mirage” of Matthew Palladino

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NANZUKA Underground, Tokyo // January 13, 2023 – February 05, 2023

NANZUKA is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by American artist Matthew Palladino at NANZUKA UNDERGROUND. This marks the artist’s latest solo exhibition with NANZUKA following his previous concurrent shows at 3110NZ by LDH kitchen and NANZUKA 2G in June 2022.

Palladino’s artistic practice can be interpreted as an attempt to move through different dimensions. Drawing inspiration from the graphic images of cartoons and games of his childhood, Palladino’s work intentionally adopts structures such as grid-like arrangements, graphical gradational expressions, vivid colors, and the compulsory flattening of perspective. The dream-like and fantastical watercolor paintings in which motifs such as fruits, plants, figurines, animals, characters, figures, etc. are arranged in an highly organized fashion, almost appear reminiscent of digital precision due to the sheer meticulousness in which they are executed. On the other hand, his semi-three-dimensional works created through use of 3DCG and 3D printing techniques serve to traverse the boundary between analog and digital.

The exhibition centers on Palladino’s latest series of watercolor paintings depicting cacti, which he has recently been focusing on as a new subject for his work, having developed a fascination for them through his experience of living in Bolivia.

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