Melanie Colosimo &
Organized by MSVU Art Gallery
Ingrid Jenkner, Curator
10 January through 8 March 2015
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, 17 January, 2 to 4pm. Opens jointly with Prospect 17: Joanna Close.
Beautiful Illusions presents works in graphic media by two young Nova Scotian artists. Colosimo’s principal practice is drawing; Young favours drawing and indexical techniques, such as casting and monoprinting. For both, materials and process are key determinants of the meaning of their works. Themes of memory, transitory states and trace imagery pervade their art.
The title of the exhibition evokes the realism with which each artist renders subjects such as the façade of a wooden shack, a range of mountain peaks, or the intricate patterning of twisted wires in a chain-link fence. Virtuosic mimicry is not the only point of such images, however; “failures” such as smudges and anomalies of scale disrupt the illusions and remind viewers of the usually compliant but sometimes faltering hands and memories upon which the illusions depend.
ARTIST’S TALK & PUBLIC DRAWING EVENT Saturday, 7 February, 2 to 4pm. Visitors are invited to take part in a collaborative drawing project during Colosimo’s artist’s talk.
ARTIST’S TALK & WORKSHOP Saturday, 28 February, 2 to 4pm. Following a discussion of her work, Young will lead a workshop exploring textures through the art of frottage.
For more information please contact program coordinator, Susan Wolf, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.msvuart.ca.