Douglas Melini: A Sharing of Color and Being Part of It, Feature Inc., New York, NY

Douglas Melini, Accessible Bliss (detail), 2012
Acrylic paint on canvas with hand-painted frame
63.5 x 59.5 x 1.75 inches

July 10 – August 11, 2012

Working with the contrast between a minimal palette and intensive patterning (a dialog that allows the paintings to be simultaneously quiet yet deeply activated), Douglas Melini makes hard-edge abstract paintings that investigate color and space. “I like to think of the paintings as being built, put together part by part, creating a geometric net for the viewer, a vibratory field.” The paintings’ fields are both solid and porous, and while they are primarily constructed as a mental or psychological expanse, even a cursory review of their titles suggests that one may connect to this work in a variety of ways.

The portal aspect of the paintings is magnified by the artist’s recent addition of a hand-painted patterned frame. “The frames (which function in more than one way) were created to reinforce this idea of an interior space, a space that continues to move back, deeper (not extending left or right or up and down) as they continuously open and close. The frame also allows the paintings to be active from all viewing angles, giving them a sculptural presence….In the short film Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, we are taken on a journey through space, both macro and micro. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten. It is this type of space, a space that systematically continues to move inward, that is
structured in these paintings.”

“For some time now, I’ve thought of my paintings as transporters, signposts, and images that allow one to consider how one sees things, helping one get from one space to the next. The paintings reflect my interest in visual vibrations and how our body and mind respond to vibratory experiences. I believe that art can function as a decoder, providing insights into how the world looks; a way of connecting the dots, and really seeing things.”

Douglas Melini was born in Vineland, NJ in 1972, has a BA from University of Maryland (1994), a MFA from California Institute of the Arts (1997), and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. His solo exhibitions include Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Rocket Gallery, London, White Columns, NYC, Ursula Werz, Tuingen, Germany, Minus Space, Brooklyn, and The Suburban, Oak Park, IL. A Sharing of Color and Being Part of It is his first one-person exhibition with Feature Inc.