Breaking Pattern

Douglas Melini

Douglas Melini, Untitled, 2014
Oil and acrylic on canvas with hand painted frame
25.5 x 21.5 x 1.75 inches

February 28 – May 2, 2015

MINUS SPACE is delighted to present the group exhibition Breaking Pattern, highlighting several generations of artists whose works investigate and advance the discourse around pattern, optical, and perceptual abstract painting. The exhibition will feature recent paintings by five New York City-area artists: Gabriele Evertz, Anoka Faruqee, Gilbert Hsiao, Douglas Melini, and Michael Scott. This exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art’s seminal exhibition The Responsive Eye curated by William C. Seitz.

Gabriele Evertz (b. 1945, Berlin, Germany) has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including in Australia, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand. Her recent museum exhibitions include MoMA/PS1 (Long Island City, NY), Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Heckscher Museum (Huntington, NY), Hillwood Art Museum (Brookville, NY), Columbus Museum (Columbus, OH), Ulrich Museum (Wichita, KS), and Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum (Hagen, Germany). Her work is included in many public collections worldwide, including The British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Harvard University Art Museum, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New Jersey State Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Stiftung für Konstruktive und Konkrete Kunst Zurich, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wilhelm Mack Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, among others. Her work has been reviewed in publications, such as Artcritical, NY Arts Magazine, ArtSlant, and The Village Voice.

Anoka Faruqee (b. 1972, Michigan) earned her MFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1997 and her BA in Painting from Yale University in 1994. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad at venues, including MoMA/PS1 (Long Island City, NY), Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo, NY), and Hosfelt Gallery (San Francisco, CA) among others. Faruqee is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and has had residencies at the Skowhegan School of Art and the PS1 National Studio Program. Her grants include the Pollock Krasner Foundation and Artadia. Currently, Faruqee is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art, and has previously held positions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cal Arts, where she was Co-Director of the Art Program.

Gilbert Hsiao (b. 1956, Pennsylvania) has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand, and the United States. He has mounted solo exhibitions at Dr. Julius | AP (Berlin, Germany), Gallery Sonja Roesch (Houston, TX), and White Columns (New York, NY), among others. Recent museum exhibitions include the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (Houston, TX), Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, NY), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams, MA), Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung (Bonn, Germany), and MoMA/PS1 (Long Island City, NY). He has received awards from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. Hsiao is a member of American Abstract Artists and he studied Art History at Columbia University (New York, NY) before receiving a BFA from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY).

Douglas Melini (b. 1972, New Jersey) has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He mounted recent solo exhibitions at Eleven Rivington, Feature (both NYC), and The Suburban (Chicago, IL). Melini was awarded a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2008. His work has been reviewed in publications, such as Artcritical, Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Time Out New York. His work is included in corporate and private collections worldwide, including The Daimler Collection, Neuberger Berman, The Progressive Corporation, The Phillip Schrager Collection, and Wellspring Capital Corporation. Melini holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, CA, and a BA from the University of Maryland, MD.

Michael Scott (b. 1958, Pennsylvania) has exhibited his work internationally for the past three decades, including at Le Consortium (Dijon, France), MoMA/PS1 (New York, NY), Le FRAC (Nord-Pas de Calais, France), Musée des Beaux Arts (La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland), Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble (Grenoble, France), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, (Geneva, Switzerland), and MAMCO (Geneva, Switzerland). He received his BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and his MFA from Hunter College, NYC.

We would like to thank Koenig & Clinton Gallery and Sandra Gering Gallery for their assistance with this exhibition.

Gallery Chronicle, by James Panero, The New Criterion, April 2015
Confounding the Eye: “Breaking Pattern” at Minus Space, by Thomas Micchelli, Hyperallergic, March 28, 2015
New York Exhibitions. Breaking Pattern at Minus Space, Yareah Magazine, March 22, 2015