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John Melville
updated: 05/17/2012
website: johnmelville.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
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No Dimension
Red Diagonal Blues
Each Logo is Unique in it's Own Way
Funneling Dimension
Deckling Dimension
Clown Tears
Organic Chevrons on Track
Taxation and Inequality
Vertical Jack
The Causes of Poverty
 
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No Dimension by John Melville
No Dimension
Mixed media
2010
11" x  8.25" 
Red Diagonal Blues by John Melville
Red Diagonal Blues
Mixed media
2010
0" x  0" 
Each Logo is Unique in it's Own Way by John Melville
Each Logo is Unique in it's Own Way
Mixed media
2010
11" x  8.25" 
Funneling Dimension by John Melville
Funneling Dimension
Mixed media
2010
11" x  8.25" 
Deckling Dimension by John Melville
Deckling Dimension
Mixed media
2011
11 " x  8.25 " 
Clown Tears by John Melville
Clown Tears
Mixed media
2011
11" x  8.25" 
Organic Chevrons on Track by John Melville
Organic Chevrons on Track
Mixed media
2010
11" x  8" 
Taxation and Inequality by John Melville
Taxation and Inequality
Mixed media
2011
11" x  8.25" 
Vertical Jack by John Melville
Vertical Jack
Mixed media
2011
11" x  8.25" 
The Causes of Poverty by John Melville
The Causes of Poverty
Mixed media
2011
11" x  8.25" 

Artist Statement

The moment I saw it, I took an immediate liking to the found image of a hand and quill pen on a variety of paper samples from 1950. I came across them in a mid century graphic arts yearbook, what was essentially a trade publication. The samples were each exhibiting a different weight, texture, finish and edge. I imagined that a young illustrator came up with the idea for his or her work to be included on each sample, and in 1950 at the cusp of the modern age, it was a bit progressive to cite the 19th century.

 

I have always been intrigued with the self-referential nature of culture and how old aesthetics are recycled in order to make new and current. With the idea of this cultural salvaging in mind, I decided to create my take of a mid-century modern geometric abstraction on the paper sample, thereby combining contemporary retro with that of sixty years ago. My hope is that fifty years in the future my drawings will evoke a similar reaction in another artist. I presume that it might involve butterflies, chewing gum or scantily clad nurses

Artist Bio / CV
John Melville        

b. Brooklyn, NY 

Education

New York University, Bachelor of Music

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 Momenta Art "Spring Benefit", Brooklyn, NY

2011 "Annual Juried Art Competition", South Arkansas Art Center, El   Dorado, AR

2011 "New Directions in Drawing", Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC

2010 Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY

2010 Classic Car Club, "Motion Deconstructed", New York, NY, curated by Gary Krimershmoys

2009 Momenta Art Gallery Benefit Auction, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, New York

2008 Pierogi 2000 Gallery flat files, Brooklyn, New York 

Group Exhibitions

2009 Visual AIDS Benefit, 'Postcards From the Edge', Metro Pictures, New York, New York

2008 Artists Space Benefit, 'Night of 1,000 Drawings', New York, New York 

Awards

2009 United Creators/Bang & Olufsen, 'Zeitgeist '09' – Mixed media first runner up and viewer's choice. 

Bibliography

Zak, Nicole, "In Motion", Encore Magazine, http://encoremag.com/new-york/articles/6394/in-motion, September 2010

"Motion Deconstructed Exhibit Presented by Quintessentially Art", XXXX Magazine, http://www.xxxxmagazine.com/blog/art, June 2010

First featured artist of the month on picture framer Peter Muscato's website, now archived. November 2008