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July 29–August 27, 2017
Opening Reception: July 29, 5-7pm
Closing Reception: August 27, 12-2pm
‘Shadde’ is the Old English word associated with the modern English ‘shed.’ Also referring to ‘shade,’ shadde conjurs notions of the common rural shed as well as the shady escape—connected to, but removed from the domestic sphere. The ubiquity of the agricultural shed and its infinite architectural variety render it a fascinating structure for exploring ideas of interiority, utility, and gender. For this site-specific painting installation, Thorne transformed the gallery walls to mimic the interior walls of a specific shed she studied while spending the summer of 2016 in Delhi, NY. This exhibition continues a practice in which Thorne has displayed paintings or drawings on top of expansive ink and watercolor works applied directly to the wall. Here the walls function both as paintings and backdrops in which to encounter smaller paint-and-paper constructions, themselves based on patterns and crafts collected in the vicinity. Converging in theme and coloration while diverging in scale, portability, texture and process, the two modes propose a symbiotic relationship that encourages both an immersive experience and a layered reading.
Melissa Thorne makes work that addresses multiple formats, including paintings on canvas and paper, and large-scale site-specific wall drawings in ink and watercolor. Her paintings have been shown widely in solo and group exhibitions at Suzanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), Galerie Rolf Ricke (Cologne), Galerie Schmidt Maczollek (Cologne), and Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Los Angeles), among others. She has also exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The University Museum at SUNY/Albany, and Optical Project (Houston). She has received artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), The Santa Fe Art Institute (New Mexico), The Glassell Core Program (Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas), and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Nebraska). A recipient of a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Painting, she is represented by Devin Borden Gallery in Houston, TX, and Galerie Anke Schmidt in Cologne, Germany. She lives and works in Troy, NY, and teaches as an Assistant Professor at the University at Albany, SUNY.
The exhibition is supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the University at Albany, SUNY.
July 29–August 27, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 5-7pm
Sunday, August 27, 12-2pm
with wine from our partner Dandelion Wine
Open for viewing during Open Hours and events (see the Calendar for event listings), and by appointment.
Installation views by Heather Phelps-Lipton