July 13th, 2011
Artists: Haley Mellin, Olivier Mosset
Venue: UNTITLED, New York
Date: June 26 – July 31
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of UNTITLED, New York
UNTITLED has been eagerly awaiting to present a rather peculiar two-person exhibition with painters Haley Mellin and Olivier Mosset.
This show is borne out of the friendship between the two artists, a relationship made of continuous exchanges between painters of different generations, epitomizing the dialogue on contemporary painting.
Here, Haley Mellin presents her compulsively realistic, idiosyncratically detailed, densely layered paintings for the first time. Focusing on the painter’s rag and studio objects, Mellin points to all the other paintings in her studio, which will remain unseen. What is important then is the very act of painting, the life of an artist, the struggle of making anew in front of the terrifying blank support. These canvases bear the evidence that paint is being used to create without showing what exactly is being created, and in so doing, set up anticipation for what will be actualized. And the work will forever rest in this anticipation, forever trapped in the limbo of wondering what the artist is hiding. On the other hand, Olivier Mosset’s zeros in the support itself, a white circular canvas at once negating and incorporating all the possibilities that painting provides.
A two-person exhibition then becomes an imaginary group show suggesting the presence of many other painters and contemporary artists, all dealing in one way or another with the same essential and existential throes.
Haley Mellin, born in California, lives and works in New York. Previous group exhibitions include A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman, NY (2010), Portrait of the Artist, MOCA, Tucson, AZ (2010), The Prompt as part of Performa 2009 and Market, Rental Gallery, NY (2008). She completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2005 and will be receiving her PhD from NYU next year.
Olivier Mosset, born in Bern, Switzerland, lives and works in Tucson, AZ. His extensive exhibition history includes recent solo shows at Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (2011), Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2011), Leo Koenig Inc., NY (2011), MOCA, Tucson, AZ (2010), Museo d’Arte di Mendrisio, Switzerland (2009), Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, MO 2008). Recent group shows include Made in Tucson / Born in Tucson / Live in Tucson, MOCA, Tucson, AZ (2010), Pictures about Pictures: Discourses in painting from Albers to Zobernig, Daimler Art Collection, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2010), Seconde Main, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (2010), Portrait de l’Artiste en Motocycliste, le Magasin, Grenoble, France (2009) and the Whitney Biennial, NY (2008) among many others.
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