NANZUKA is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions of new works by American artist Matthew Palladino at NANZUKA 2G and 3110NZ by LDH kitchen. These exhibitions mark the artist’s first presentation in Japan.
Palladino was born in San Francisco, CA., and graduated from the California College of Arts. He currently lives and works in La Paz, Bolivia. His recent exhibitions include the solo show “Ouroboros” (Parnassos Literary Society, Dio Horia Gallery, 2018), and the group shows “Punch”?Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angels, 2019) and “Paper/Plastic”?AishoNanzuka, 2017), with work also housed in the collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York).
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 at NANZUKA 2G will present a series of semi-three-dimensional works produced by 3D printers. These works, which appear to harbor strong connotations of mass-production, while engaging with a robotic cat as their subject, seemingly expresses the play between simple repetitive thought and creative thinking. Meanwhile, the exhibition at 3110NZ by LDH kitchen centers on a series of watercolor paintings depicting cacti, which Palladino has recently been fixated on as a new subject for his work having developed a fascination for them through his experience of living in Bolivia.
We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibitions.
July 1 (Fri.) – July 30 (Sat.), 2022
NANZUKA 2G MAP
*Opening hours are same as Shibuya PARCO
High Desert Bloom
June 28 (Tue.) – July 30 (Sat.), 2022
3110NZ by LDH kitchen MAP
Tuesday – Thursday / 11:00-16:00
Friday – Saturday / 11:00-17:00
*Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays