Douglas Melini: It Flows Over Us Without Meaning


Douglas Melini, Untitled (Abstract Painting No. 14), 2009
Acrylic on canvas with hand-painted frame
23 x 19 inches

October 24 – December 5, 2009

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce a new solo exhibition by Brooklyn painter Douglas Melini. Douglas will be exhibiting a group of new acrylic on canvas paintings with hand-painted frames. Known for his use of densely visual patterns, Douglas’ new work continues his decade-long investigation into pattern and color. In contrast to his previous work, which utilized asymmetrical all-over fields of pattern, his new paintings elicit a kaleidoscopic effect and feature single, bilaterally symmetrical forms constructed from juxtaposed grid and stripe patterns.

His new paintings also feature a new visual element not present in his previous work: elaborate, hand-painted frames. Douglas views the frame and painting in his new work as a single object. Resembling a frieze, the painted frame defines the outside perimeter of the painting, acts as a viewfinder for the forms depicted in the painting, and enables the painting’s surface to function as an interior space.

Douglas Melini has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, White Columns, Danese Gallery, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, Southfirst (all NYC), Gallery Sonja Roesch (Houston, TX), Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Rocket Gallery (London, UK), DaimlerChrylser Contemporary (Berlin, Germany), and Illeana Tounta Gallery (Athens, Greece), among others. In 2008, Douglas was awarded a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been featured in the New York Sun, New York Observer, Artnet Magazine, Mallorca Magazin, and P.S.1 Newspaper, and included in corporate and private collections worldwide, including The Daimler Collection, The Progressive Corporation, The Phillip Schrager Collection, and Wellspring Capital Corporation.

In addition to his artistic work, Douglas has also curated several exhibitions over the past several years, including The Difficult Shapes of Possible Images at ZieherSmith Gallery in New York (2007) and I Can Read in Red, I Can Read in Blue, I Can Read in Pickle Color Too, a VIEWLIST project for MINUS SPACE (2009). Douglas holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, CA, and a BA from the University of Maryland, MD.

Douglas Melini: In Conversation, by Matthew Deleget, November 2009.

Brooklyn: MINUS SPACE & Tompkins Projects, KCLOG, November 19, 2009

MINUS SPACE’s programming is made possible by the generous support of The Golden Rule Foundation, as well as individual donors. We thank you!