Magazine article Artforum International

Galeria Helga De Alvear

Magazine article Artforum International

Galeria Helga De Alvear

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JESUS PALOMINO

Ever since Jesus Palomino began exhibiting some ten years ago, he has displayed an interest in halting his work to architectonic space. At the same time he has been drawn to using varied, heterodox, often discarded materials--ones that are shabby yet aestheticized. And because he has always shown a feeling for color rare among contemporary Spanish artists, the result has been a skillful synthesis of arte povera and Matissean refinement. Since 1998 Palomino has focused on the construction of houses--shanties really: constructions that fall somewhere between assemblage and architecture. They seem to convey a childlike fantasy, as if combining a dream house full of strong colors from the kingdom of Oz with the real one made of wooden planks.

To his customary use of the sculptural, the architectonic, and--through color--the painterly, Palomino has now added light as a plastic element. In addition, space itself has become a theme, which elicits three possible options: the house as the space that can be penetrated and walked through; the bookcase as the shallow, uniform, containing surface; and the billboard as the flat surface. The billboard looks as if it had been damaged, signaling the artist's ongoing interest in using discarded elements. His work has been frequently interpreted in terms of ethics, or of a social dimension, something that the presence of the billboard in this piece does little to support. It would be more logical to appreciate these works in purely visual terms--"only an eye, but what an eye," as Cezanne said of Monet. …

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