A Wall Around a Window
Opening October 4 (Friday) 6-8 pm
Artist’s Talk/Walk-Through October 4 (Friday) 6 pm
In her current exhibition A Wall Around a Window, Melissa Thorne explores memory, familiarity, history and transformation in an ambitious installation encompassing wall painting, individual paintings, and works on paper. For the past ten years Thorne has engaged tropes from the history of abstract painting – including grids, stripes, hard-edged geometry and painterly flatness – with adroit and meticulous handling of paint, both on canvas and directly on the wall. These installation components are combined with three-dimensional elements, including unique printed fabric, to mark a new direction in the work. As with earlier textile and rock-wall-based exhibitions, A Wall Around a Window creates a simultaneously critical and sympathetic perspective on the persistence of human creativity beyond the confines of studio art practice. Thorne mines the interiors and exteriors of domestic spaces, delicately echoing the patterns and sensibilities of their original inhabitants.
Melissa Thorne has lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles and has completed residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, The Ucross Foundation, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to her residency in Houston as a Core Fellow, she attended the California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Her work has been included in museum and gallery exhibitions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Suzanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects and Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany. She currently lives and works in upstate New York.
On view through December 21, 2013