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Michael Palumbo
updated: 08/10/2011
website: www.michaelpalumboart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Wreath
House & Tree
Untitled
Rotadendrum
Rising
Japanese Maple
Rising #2
Untitled
Untitled
Interior
 
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Wreath by Michael Palumbo
Wreath
Graphite
January 8, 2011
21" x  28" 
House & Tree by Michael Palumbo
House & Tree
Graphite
October, 2009
21" x  28" 
Untitled by Michael Palumbo
Untitled
Graphite
July 2010
11" x  14" 
Rotadendrum by Michael Palumbo
Rotadendrum
Graphite
May, 2010
21" x  28" 
Rising by Michael Palumbo
Rising
Graphite
August, 2009
21" x  28" 
Japanese Maple by Michael Palumbo
Japanese Maple
Graphite
June, 2011
11" x  18" 
Rising #2 by Michael Palumbo
Rising #2
Graphite
July 2011
11" x  18" 
Untitled by Michael Palumbo
Untitled
Graphite
May, 2011
20" x  14" 
Untitled by Michael Palumbo
Untitled
Graphite
August, 2010
18" x  11" 
Interior by Michael Palumbo
Interior
Graphite
August, 2010
11" x  18" 

Artist Statement
STATEMENTI begin my work by carefully placing symbolic forms on a blank sheet of paper, disregarding context. I revisit them again and again remaining mindful of the repetition required.  I indulge my compulsive process. These symbols, both abstract and representational, expose aspects of my subconscious.  It is the binary, psychological coupling of both abstract symbols (geometric forms) and representational symbols taken from nature that give my work its psychological complexity.

I abandon control (linear thinking) to daydreaming, fantasy, or remembering as a part of my art-making process. Nature plays an important role.  My sense of beauty draws me outdoors where I make most of my work. This sense of beauty (by way of representation) brings balance between the diverse forms I find and raw psychological symbols carrying their own primitive energy. Working outdoors is experientially unifying.

The act of drawing is meditative. This fact allows me at times, as stated above, to abandon to some degree psychological control.  It is possible to be drawing a tree and then begin to draw the memory of a tree. The resulting image becomes a combination of a physical image in the present and an image with resonance from the past. Psychic energy and energy drawn from nature couple in my work.   Nature and human nature become emotionally indistinguishable. 

Psychological terms describing the recent or remote past apply to my work. Words like regressive, repressed, and  even reflective, all are mental processes that can move in reverse. As with many people I find myself searching for passages in antiquarian books, or looking carefully into the faces of people in old photographs, or wandering through the rooms of old buildings for some fragment that will allow me to experience a connection with the past. Psychically I am at home with the past for the breath and depth of experience it holds.


Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts

1983

Pratt Institute

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts

1979

University of Rhode Island

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008

"Day Job", New School University, New York, NY

 2007

"Working Artists", New School University, New York, NY

 2005

"Night of 1000 Drawings", Artists Space, New York, NY

 Drawing Exhibit, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

 2004

Drawing Exhibit, Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY

 1985

Employee Art Exhibit, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

 1983

MFA Thesis Exhibit, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

 1982

Small Works Show, Brooklyn Downtown Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY

EXPERIENCE

2010-2011

Visiting Artist, MFA Program at

Parsons the New School for Design

2011

Visiting Artist, BFA Program at

Parsons the New School for Design

 

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

Parsons The New School for Design, Fine Arts Department

Conceiving and organizing art exhibitions for faculty and students in the Fine Arts Department from 2002 to present.