Mel Prest, Uyo, 2008
Gouache on Fabriano paper, 18 x 18 inches
March 25 – May 2, 2009
Gregory Lind Gallery presents “Sky Black Ray,” a collection of new works by San Francisco-based artist, Mel Prest. The exhibit reestablishes Prest’s interest in the creation of structure-spaces, manufactured by the charting and projection of language, light, and sound.
“Sky Black Ray” refers to a series of concepts that Prest explores in her new body of work: a space of openness that is both empty and full (sky); the darkness and mystery that constitute the center or focal point of the work (black); and the fluctuating fields of lines beginning at one point but radiating out into infinity (ray). The colors themselves, as responses to the cadences and topographies of the sensory world, are experienced as deep, interior fields that undergo subtle changes as they are observed. Prest’s works present perceptual puzzles that insist our eyes focus and refocus continuously. Her structures are understated and subtle, offering a range of possible shapes and unique interpretations.
Mel Prest received her MFA from Mills College, and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent exhibitions include; “The Space Between” at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; “Touch” at Bus-Dori, Tokyo, Japan; and “TRANSformal” at Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA. Her stop-motion animation, Immigrant Song, will travel with “Stop & Go,” a curated show of artist-made stop-motion films, to San Francisco’s Exploratorium and other venues. Prest has been featured in Artweek, Art Papers, San Francisco Chronicle, and New American Painting. This is her third solo exhibition with Gregory Lind Gallery. She lives and works in San Francisco.