By David Brickman
Here’s a heads-up for serious followers of contemporary art: There’s less than a week left to see the exhibition Victoria Palermo: RAUM at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, and you don’t want to miss it. If Palermo is new to you, this is as good a time as any to start following her work; or if, like me, you’ve followed her career for decades, you will be deeply gratified to see this amazing new work.
Palermo (no relation to Blinky), has always worked intimately with color – painted onto found sticks, poured onto paper from a nail-polish bottle, printed in patterns like wallpaper or, in this case, infused into the jellylike body of sheets of pure silicone rubber. Equally, Palermo works with form – her work relates to abstract approaches, but never completely leaves the referential realm – and she is as much a designer as she is an artist. In other words, she has always carefully constructed her pieces, even though there is also a degree of expressive freedom in them.