Marilla Palmer Daphneâ€™s Night Out
MARILLA PALMER Daphne’s Night Out April 17th- May 17th, 2014
529 W. 20th St, Ste. 6W New York, NY 10011
Through] her limbs a dragging languor spread, her tender bosom was wrapped in thin smooth bark, her slender arms were changed to branches and her hair to leaves; her feet but now so swift were anchored fast in numb stiff roots, her face and had became the crown of a green tree; all that remained of Daphne was her shining loveliness. - Ovid, Metamorphoses, 8AD [
Shine and Shade, 2013 mixed media on arches paper 40 x 30 inches
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is thrilled to present Daphne’s Night Out, Marilla Palmer’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Marilla Palmer possesses a unique ability to see beauty in all of New York’s many disparate facets. In fact, her work is composed of a great deal of what many would never notice beyond a cursory evaluation of its identity as trash. From that trash, and coupled with indigenous flora, Palmer deftly creates beautifully composite imagery that juxtaposes both the organic and inorganic worlds—worlds that most often clash and fight one another, both encroaching on the other’s territory. e product of this juxtaposition is a uniquely intimate portrait of Brooklyn, NY and of the environment Palmer calls home. e fragility of the embroidery and pressed flowers she uses recalls the fragility of the nature that surrounds us all, and we are reminded of the ancient Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. While fleeing the unwanted advances of the god of light, Apollo, Daphne called out in desperation to the god of the river to save her from Apollo and she was transformed into the Laurel tree.
In an eﬀort to capture the character of each piece of citified flotsam and jetsam, Palmer embellishes, dresses up—in eﬀect, the branches and bottles, buds and soft-drink lids with sequins, embroidery floss, and glitter. Works are simultaneously outrageous— encouraging closer and further examination— and delicately beautiful. Daphne’s legacy is not only honored in Marilla Palmer’s works, but also deeply lauded. Marilla Palmer lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and has shown extensively throughout the United States. She received her BA from the Philadelphia College of Art. She counts the work of painters Jackson Pollock and Florine Stettheimer and author Joris-Karl Huysmans among her influences; she explains her work, stating, “artifice and nature are uneasy bedfellows, but this has always been where my interest lies.”
Spinning cherries, 2013 mixed media on handmade paper 25 x 29 inches
Spanish jeans 3, 2013 Mixed media on tree branch 38 x 3 inches Spanish Jeans 1, 2013 Mixed media on tree branch 37 x 4 inches Spanish jeans 1, 2013 Mixed media on tree branch 25 x 4 inches
Fruit of the Japanese Maple, 2013 Mixed media on panel, diptych 36 x 48 inches
Millions unnoticed, 2014 Mixed media on arches paper 40 x 30 inches
The Bright Spot, 2014 Mixed media, glass and tree branch 27 x 17 inches
What I found on My Walk, 2014 mixed media on Arches paper 70 x 85 inches
MARILLA PALMER SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014 Daphne’s Night Out, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY 2013 Project Room, Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT 2012 Nature Burlesque, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY 2010 Gallery Egan, Morristown, NJ 2008 Debauchee of Dew in a Concrete Landscape, Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Optimism Reigns and Rains, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2002 Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY Robert V Fullerton Museum, San Bernadino, CA 1998 PPOW, New York, NY, Project Room 1997 Deven Golden Fine art, New York, NY 1994 Christopher Grimes, Los Angeles, CA 1985 Ted Greenwald Gallery, New York, NY SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2013 Nature Doesn’t Knock, e George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA Spring Revival, Kathryn Markel Fine Art, New York, NY Silk and Sequined Earth: Marilla Palmer and Lindsay Walt, e George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 2012 Between the Two: Six Artists from NEW York, e George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA Little Languages, Coded Pictures Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY 2011 Mass Selections from the Cultural Corridor VI, Storefront Artists Project, Pittsfield, MA Selections from the Cultural Corridor VI, Down Street Art, N Adams, MA Everything is Coming Up Roses, WG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2010 Kathryn Markel Fine Art New York, NY and Bridge Hampton, NY
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS, CONT. 2009 Jancar McCorkle Projects, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Appetite for Construction, e Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada 2007 Diving in the Decadent Ditch of Des Esseintes, One Eye Pug: RM 308, New York, NY 2006 e Raw and the Cooked, Hampden Galleries at U Mass, Amherst, MA World Without End, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY Critics Select: Carol Kino, e Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Beach, NJ 2004 Vacation Nation, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2003 Annie Herron’s Selections from the Pierogi Flat Files, Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, New Mexico Look Up! Contemplating the Skies, Gallery of Arts & Science, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, NY Tasty Buds, e Work Space, New York, NY Flicker, Jeﬀrey Coploﬀ Gallery, New York, NY
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY “BOMB,” Winter Project Page. 1993. “Chthonic Youth, Studio visit with Marilla Palmer,” Art Net Magazine. “Conversations: Angela Wyman interviews Marilla Palmer,” wburg.com/0203. 2002. “Critics Shine Light on artists in SICA Exhibit,” Atlanticville: SICA Exhibit. 2005. “Gallery Beat-Art T.V. Segment on Arabesque at PP0W,” Manhattan Cable. March 1994. “Marilla Palmer’s Organic Art at Gallery Egan,” Morristown Green.com. 2010. McCollum, 1998. “Marilla Palmer’s Organic Art at Gallery Egan,” Morristown Green.com. 2010. Bolle, Christopher. “Marilla Palmer at Pierogi,” TIME OUT NY. 2002.
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY, CONT. Cameron, Dan. “Fear of Painting Catalog,” Arthur Roger Gallery. 1992. Cameron, Dan. “Marilla Palmer,” Ted Greenwald Gallery. 1985. Cameron, Dan. “e Return of Beauty,” Art and Auction. February, 1994. Carasso, Roberta. “Marilla Palmer at Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum,” artscenecal.com. 2002. Carasso, Roberta. “Marilla Palmer,” ArtScene, e George Gallery. 2003. Cavallomagno, Christine. “To Infinity and Beyond,” Arts Magazine. Sept/Oct, 2006. Chaiklin, Amy. “Studio Visit with Marilla Palmer, #21,” New York Arts. May 1998. Cotter, Holland. “Marilla Palmer at Pierogi,” e New York Times. 2002. Curtis, Cathy. “Delayed Gratification,” e Los Angeles Times. January 23, 1998. First CityTV. “Marilla Palmer, Featured Artist,” WNYC. February 1989. Graham, Leon. “A Sure Eye for Texture, Beauty and Tone,” e Lakeville Journal. 2013. Hamburger, Susan. “Wham, PPOW,” Waterfront Week. January 29, 1998. Heartney, Eleanor. “Fear of Painting,” Art News. November, 1992. Joyce, Susan. “Eye Candy,” Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum. 2000. Kley, Elizabeth. “Marilla Palmer, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts,” ARTnews. April 2012. Moreno, Fred. “Heads Up,” New York Academy of Science Magazine. July 2003. Muchnic, Susan. “Marilla Palmer at Christopher Grimes,” Art News. February, 1995. Myers, Terry. “Fear Strikes Out,” October 1992. Palmer, Marilla. “Artychoke TV,” Manhattan Cable, August 1994. Pleasants, Craig. “Ten from Brooklyn,” Art Papers. July/August, 1999. Scott, Sue. “Ritual in Repetition,” Kingsborough Community College. 1998. Sheets, Hillarie M. “Marilla Palmer at Pierogi,” Art News. 2002. Somerstein, Rachel. “Critic’s Pick: Marilla Palmer,” ArtNews. April, 2008. Somerstein, Rachel. “Critic’s Pick: Marilla Palmer” ArtNews April 2008. Walsh, Daniela. “Ideas that Reward Patience,” e Orange County Register. May 3, 1998.
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