Desiree Palermo

White Russian by Desiree Palermo
Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fleeting Elation

Fleeting Elation focuses on the importance of process in art making with an emphasis
on materials and utilizing paint to its full capacity. Every pour, brushstroke, and
assemblage is arranged according to formal quality, and the embodiment of a work in
progress. Beginning with certain associations, memories and dream sequences, I
reference a certain mark, color or reiteration of an image. Much of the associations
recall experiences and connections formed by exploring a new “old” environment—a
familiar landscape that has changed. Continuing on, I rely on intuition and formal
decision making to create an ambiguous image that not only leaves a free association
for the viewer, but presents an aesthetic viewing quality.

Through my work I embrace a fascination with paint and interaction with itself and other
materials.  Beginning with a variable plan regarding composition helps me to respond to
incidental occurrences in my process.  I look for different structural starting points—referencing a
snap shot, using pours from my studio floor, or throwing down “trash” in order to achieve variety
in my compositions.  To invoke happenings on the surface, I pour paint, apply brushstrokes and
integrate collage materials.  I respond to the forms by orchestrating contrasts: color against color,
values to textures, and types of edges against one another.  I am interested in multiple areas of
tension and visual dynamics that are created in these relationships.  Using disparate materials
intertwined with spontaneous paint pours and mark making drives much of the varietal harmony
in the work.

Artist Talk: October 26, 6:00pm

Workshop: August 14 -18, 2017 *Please enquire at school to register

About the Artist:

Desiree Palermo (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1986) earned a B.S.Ed. in art education
at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and earned her M.F.A. in painting at the
Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Georgia. She had her first solo
show, “Di[pro]gress,” at Fresh Exhibitions Gallery in Savannah, and group
exhibitions in Pittsburgh and Savannah, including “AAP Newest Members
Exhibition”, “Group Juried Exhibition”, and “Port City Review Showcase”. She
creates large-scale abstract paintings with a focus on relationships between the
materials, formal elements and intuition.