Lot 77 - Mel Reese - Tiny Bay Sunset
Acrylic on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Mel Reese is a Brooklyn-based abstract painter. She is an observational artist inspired by formalism. Lines, shapes, colors, and textures are as central to her work as is the process of creating them. A complex layering of these abstract elements allows her work to echo the representational through symbolic formalism.
2017 MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY
2014 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2013 B.S. Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2021 Echo, MILCON Gallery, Digital Exhibition
2019 Color & Light, 173 Green Street Gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Alaska Landscapes, Suzette LaValle, Brooklyn, NY
2018 SSS #26, R&D Studios Ridgewood, NY
2018 BLUEPRINT Piano Series: 1913, Greenwich Music House, New York, NY
2018 New Year, New Nature, R&D Studios Ridgewood, NY
2017 4 Trumps, Suzette LaValle, Brooklyn, NY
2022 TRUE STORIES, Untitled Space, New York, NY
2022 Les Étrangers, Maison 10, New York, NY
2022 EMBRACING 2022, THE GALLERY by Odo, New York, NY
2022 Depth Perception, The Yard – City Hall Park, New York, NY
2021 Leaving the Body, The Yard – City Hall Park, New York, NY
Other Professional Activities & Awards
2022 Artist Talk – THE GALLERY by Odo
2021 IG Live Interview – A Women’s Thing
2017 Residency – Vermont Studio Center, VT [November]
2017 Award of Excellence – 58th Long Island Artist Exhibition, Art League of Long Island
2013 Residency – Elsewhere Studios, CO [October]
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
Reese's most recent series of paintings is inspired by nature. Observations are distilled down, removing the extraneous, to capture the essence of human interaction with natural forms.
Each layer considers the negative space, which she paints with liquid tape. Once sealed, a shape is revealed in the positive space of the canvas, into which she pours acrylic paint and drag across the canvas with a squeegee. Every gesture creates new lines and textures. The liquid tape removed, a monochromatic shape with a precise edge is revealed. Repeating this process, Reese methodically builds up sheer layers of monochromatic forms. Each new layer is informed by all previous layers.
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