Eric Palgon – a little bird told me

Hello people of the city, how are you this afternoon? Well, I trust. Why thanks for asking, yes I’m as cheerful as a bee in Calliandra californica – btw a plant that I walk by each morning with David and a cup of coffee. Some clever Hancock Park residents managed (before the HPOZ set in) to remove a yard of tedious lawn and flowering shrubs and replace it with a half acre of plain dirt, rock-lined paths and lots of native plants. Oh my god is it beautiful! When the sun is warm bees are everywhere, the air is reddolent of sage-y smells and I am a happy person. Yay!

Calliandra californica

Calliandra californica

Busy are the bees that I emulate and lucky for me that I’ve got friends who are equally busy. Eric Palgon came to my attention sort of sideways in an other-wise subjected email. As you see above Palgon is having an exhibition of new work this Friday (today, February 4) from 7 to 9 pm. I try not to be totally random in my passing along of information so when I checked Palgon’s website I did so with a slightly critical eye.

Eric Palgon, from his 2009 MFA exhibition at Columbia, "Roland Garros," oil paint, acyrlic paint, wood putty, wood. 71 " x 68 "

Eric Palgon, from his 2009 MFA exhibition at Columbia, "Roland Garros," oil paint, acyrlic paint, wood putty, wood. 71 " x 68 "

Eric Palgon, same story as above. "L.W.," 2009 oil on canvas 45" x 56"

Eric Palgon, same story as above. "L.W.," 2009 oil on canvas 45" x 56"

All the work I’m posting is TWO YEARS OLD. YOU WILL NOT SEE WORK LIKE THIS AT THE EXHIBITION.

Or indeed you very well might but I cannot comfirm anything but time, date, and address. Go.

I’ll quote to you from my completely anonymous and random email to the nice Eric, who has no real reason to know me:

“Hi Eric, I’m Geoff Tuck… (lots of mish mash in here) ….By way of explanation – Zach is a smart guy. (Zach Leener casually mentioned Eric and his exhibition in an email to me.) Plus I have experiential reasons to be inclined to admire any recent grad of Columbia. Davida Nemeroff, Paul Heyer, Jessica Williams, you all seem to be amazing.
 
Your work online looks great – I don’t know whether I can make it tonight but perhaps some other time if not? I’d like to see what you are doing.
 
Hey – do you know the work of Craig Kauffman from the 1980s, after the resin and fiberglass pieces that made him famous? He did paintings on silk with the frame and stretcher on top, sort of like he was painting on the back of the “surface” and showing the structure. Otherwise he might stretch silk typically like canvas and then paint imgaes of the stretchers in. They were weirdly lovely and interesting after the famous stuff and the odd later things that he made. I can’t find any images online but at home I have a catalog with pics maybe when I come see the show I can bring it with……”

This, then is how the master works. Flying by the seat of his pants and always reaching out and following up.

Palgon again. This is where the work begins to recall Craig Kauffman to me. "Untitled," 2008 oil paint, acrylic paint, canvas, wood, wood putty. 44" x 38" x 5"

Palgon again. This is where the work begins to recall Craig Kauffman to me. "Untitled," 2008 oil paint, acrylic paint, canvas, wood, wood putty. 44" x 38" x 5"

"2," 2009 water putty, wood 22" x 67" x 2 1/2"

"2," 2009 water putty, wood 22" x 67" x 2 1/2"

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