March 30 - May 17, 2019
Opening reception March 30th from 6-9 PM
Fuller Rosen Gallery is pleased to present SUBLIMATION , a solo exhibition
of work by Diana Palermo. Opening reception March 30 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
“The symptom: a language that gives up, a structure within the body, a
non-assimilable alien, a monster, a tumor, a cancer that the listening devices of the
unconscious do not hear, for its strayed subject is huddled outside the paths of desire.”
— Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror
Sublimation is a psychological process through which socially unacceptable impulses are
transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior. This idea has been presented by
Nietzsche as a ‘magnificent result obtained through the basest ingredients’ and detailed by
Sigmund Freud as a beneficial satisfaction of the erotic within the constraints of society.
Palermo’s work in SUBLIMATION is fueled by personal experiences growing up queer in a
culture governed by Catholic morality. Within this framework, the conversation expands upon
sexual sublimation and relative abject impulses. Unlike repression, sublimation allows for an
indirect use of these desires as an expression of raw carnal essence. In their work, Palermo
confronts the norms and acceptable levels of gender and sexual expression. They break down
and rebuild systems and structures both conceptually and visually, emboldening the viewer to
own their nuanced narratives, their bodies, their voices, and their sexuality.
Diana Palermo is a visual artist who works primarily in printmaking, fiber, and photo
processes. They received their BFA in crafts with a concentration in fiber media in 2010 from
the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. They also received their MA in Art Education in
2013 from Kean University. They have shown their work internationally at galleries and
museums most notably the Newark Museum and Montclair Art Museum. They have had their
works published in books and magazines including The Pattern Base . They currently hold a
residency at Index Art Center in Newark, NJ and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio
Fuller Rosen Gallery was founded in 2018 by artists EM Fuller and BriAnna Rosen as a
collaborative curatorial project. The gallery exhibits regional and national artists who address
urgent, contemporary issues.
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