Palomino’s figurative artwork is something like visual jazz combining hyper-controlled and improvised elements. A series of faces in the lower level of The Coop Gallery are comprised of goopy swirls of paint, and are remarkably detailed in spite of their impulsive origins. Meanwhile, visually dense patterns are created from the layering of simple geometric shapes in Palomino’s mixed media dioramas on the upper level of the gallery. They call to mind Byzantine iconic paintings of saints, but Palomino’s “saints” are decidedly from the here-and-now. Palomino’s blend of expressionism, tribal and psychedelic traditions creates a contemporary aesthetic that is provocative and inspired.
Show is up through Feb. 10. The Coop Gallery and Performance Space is located at 25 Carolina Lane. http://www.Coopasheville.com.
— Ursula Gullow writes about art for Mountain Xpress and her blog, artseenasheville.blogspot.com.