Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 12pm
VCU Student Commons Theater
Robert Melee uses multimedia practices to build upon his work based on the suburban home and its psychologies. His practice based on painting, sculpture and video, often incorporates additional household objects, craft, kitsch, and modern and classical art references, that yield a room full of objects, claustrophobic interior spaces and sculptures of accumulative painted layers. His ongoing project of combining disparate elements is an attempt to explore the psychologies of their fusions – domestic and gallery, figuration and abstraction, performance and stasis, and fiction and non-fiction, attempting to glamorize the quotidian with low budget building materials. Melee’s installations are often topped with his obsessive interpretation of classic marbleizing, resulting in a ridiculously strange and oppressive environment. Robert Melee has shown extensively in the United States at the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, The Sculpture Center, the New Museum, PS1 in New York, and the Corcoran and Milwaukee Art Museums. His large-scale bronze sculptures have been shown at City Hall Park in New York. Melee has also exhibited Internationally with solo shows at White Cube and Sutton Lane in London, The Haifa Museum in Israel, and his work was also included in the Portugal Biennial. Robert Melee is represented by Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York.