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Matthew Palladino, The Accident, 2014, acrylic and plaster on panel, 63 1/2 × 51 1/2".

Matthew Palladino

Garth Greenan Gallery

Matthew Palladino, The Accident, 2014, acrylic and plaster on panel, 63 1/2 × 51 1/2".

Computer “graphical interfaces” have a cultural significance that is impossible to overstate. The window, the toolbar, the drop-down menu, the scroll bar: These ubiquitous mechanisms mediate our interactions with the digital—which is to say, an outsize portion of our work and play. (As others have noted, what Leo Steinberg called the flatbed picture plane—artwork as matrix of information, receptacle of data, vector in transmission—anticipated the computer desktop’s mode of address.) For his first solo show in New York, San Francisco–based artist Matthew Palladino presented eight Pop-style works that focus on one of the most omnipresent tropes of desktop life: the pictographic icon.

But though Palladino apparently takes inspiration from this facet of design for the screen, he jettisons the layered flatness that is the screen’s defining characteristic. His works are

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