Mark Palmen
Cosomo

Embroidery
October 3 - October 27, 2018

Mark Palmen

Opening Reception: October 3, 6 - 8 pm
First Thursday Reception: October 4, 6 - 8 pm


Portland-based artist Mark Palmen creates experiential, elaborate artworks including holographic light installations, large scale sculptures and hand-sewn creations. Palmen’s visual works are influenced by his diverse interests ranging from art history and fashion to metaphysical investigations surrounding the cosmos. On view in the gallery will be his latest body of work, a collection of intimately sized embroideries which explore the artist’s musings on intergalactic communication.

Palmen considers his series of glimmering artworks as “beacons”; metaphorical human touchstones within a vast universe. Although his works are imbued with layers of meaning, the artist subverts notions of sentimentality in favor of open-ended considerations.

Palmen’s lustrous obsidian beads intermingle with thin strands of woven gold and silver embellishments which sparkle and mirror the surrounding movement and light and his quietly dazzling embroideries highlight an intuitive material process balanced by thoughtfully restrained formalism.

Mark Palmen earned his MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR and his BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Revered fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was a major influence and mentor. Palmen was hired as Westwoods personal assistant and later became Director of Public Relations for the Westwood brand in New York, NY. He worked in the fashion industry for years before returning to his art practice. In 2004, Palmen created his own company whose philosophy centered on the blending of art and fashion through events, public relations and creative direction.

Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
2000 Light Years from Home, 2018
steel beads on linen
5 x 7" unframed
10.75 x 13" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Black Hole Sun, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Champagne Supernova, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Intergalactic, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Satellite of Love, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Skyrockets in Flight, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Spiders from Mars, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Supermassive Black Hole, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Wandering Star, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
We Are All Made of Stars, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
We Are the Planets, 2018
steel beads on linen
7 x 5" unframed
13 x 10.75" framed


Mark Palmen
Mark Palmen
Cosmo 28, 2018
bangle and seed beads
5 x 7" unframed
10.5 x 12.75" framed