The Relief of Matthew Palladino

July 18, 2014 2:52 PM

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The Relief of Matthew Palladino

I discovered Matthew Palladino's work by chance and then immediately went to see his latest solo show at Garth Greenan Gallery in Chelsea. What I found there was a fantastic group of eight panels that smartly and playfully blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Reliefs are nothing new as an artistic expression, but Matthew has given such a cool spin to it that the technique feels completely fresh under his eye. His latest body of work incorporates figurines that look as if they had been machine-made, yet they are created by Palladino's own hands. After seeing that show, I knew I had to meet him in person to learn more.

Matthew, who is as fun and good-natured as his work, welcomed me in his Bushwick studio and explained the labor-intensive and rigorous technique that he executes every time he produces one of his pieces. The San Francisco native was feeling somewhat bored with painting and wanted to work with plaste...

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