Melanie Reese is the Head Curator for both the Bushwood Visuals Gallery in Ridgewood, NY and Art inRes (YC W20). She developed and now manages both curatorial programs. Melanie has curated 20+ exhibitions including Abstract Thoughts (2020); Art as a Moment for Reflection (2020); Text in Art (2020); Time in Color & Light (2021); and Large & Hung (2021).
Publications include the three-part series, “Why Does Artwork Cost What It Costs?”, “Limited Edition Prints”, and “Artist Bios”. In addition to her curatorial work, Melanie is an independent artist and received her MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2017.
SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2021
My curation Fractured Truths was included in the 10th annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2021, HEARSAY:HERESY. Fractured Truths was a soft-sculpture architectural installation by Kathy Sirico that utilizes fractured reflections of light and tapestry-inspired production as a means of critiquing patriarchal modes of narrative power and one-sided truth-telling. In Sirico’s construction, heresy is a feminist reframe of aesthetic power, within the collective traditions of collage and textiles, highlighting the multiplicity of truths.
Bushwood Visuals Gallery
JUAN HINOJOSA, GORDIEH NASSERI, KATHY SIRICO
four works by three NYC-based artists
LARGE & HUNG explores the use of recycled–or rather upcycled–materials while challenging concepts of power and critiquing the traditions of the overwhelming visual lexicon of American culture. Juan’s brightly constructed collages are made from recycled, found materials sculpted and drawn together to challenge the greed and excessive consumption of our daily existence. Gordieh’s baroque-inspired work uses minimal colors collaged together with strong, fruitful imagery of fertility that challenges the soft, feminine imagery too often favored throughout American culture. Kathy’s architectural fabrics bridge the other works’ concepts by collaging together–at an overwhelming scale–seemingly countless yards of meticulously constructed, physically soft, and visually saturating materials that come together to provide a strong visual representation of feminized power within abstraction.
7/1/2021 – 9/30/2021
Art in Res
Beginning April 2020, in the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC, I developed the virtual curatorial program for Art in Res. Since then I have had the challenging pleasure of producing weekly virtual curations with the stunning paintings from the amazing stable of emerging artists who are showing and selling their work with Art in Res. I bring together a group of artworks, curating them in virtual spaces to discuss how they work together in theme, and teaching collectors how to consider art in this new virtual age.
It seems like I am not the only one feelin’ the heat these days. As I scroll through the newly uploaded artworks, many Art in Res artists appear to be just as inspired by the summer and it’s all encompassing heat. Still-lifes remind us of summer scenes at home, hot colors embrace the steamy environment, and portraits embody our overwhelming desire to cool off. This curation really brings together a collection of Art in Res pieces that really turn up the heat.
There are many paintings that, when we look at them, we are instantly transported to a specific time and place–somewhere that calls on a place we have been or a scene that evokes a memory or experience. In order to achieve this magnificent feat, artists utilize their finely-honed skills in crafting light and color to help place us within a specific moment in time. Bright colors? We understand the sun must be shining. Cool, faded colors? Perhaps we are in dusk, that funky time when the sun has already set yet some light remains. This curation brings together pieces that are all in conversation with understanding time by their strategic and stunning use of color and light.