Breaking Pattern, Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Michael Scott, #98, 2012, Black gloss enamel on aluminum, 63 x 63 inches

October 1 – December 5, 2015

Breaking Pattern highlights 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 seven American artists: Gabriele Evertz, Anoka Faruqee, Michelle Grabner, Gilbert Hsiao, Douglas Melini, Brian Porray, 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.

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Breaking Pattern

Breaking Pattern, MINUS SPACE, Douglas Melini

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.

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Gilbert Hsiao in Marie Walsh Sharpe & CUE Art Foundation Open Studios, May 3-5

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Marie Walsh Sharpe & CUE Art Foundation Open Studios, May 3-5 Wall Painting by Gilbert Hsiao

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

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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.”

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Carrie Pollack: Witness

Installation view of Carrie Pollack: Witness, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY, 2012

January 13 - February 25, 2012

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce the exhibition Carrie Pollack: Witness. This is the Brooklyn-based artist’s first solo exhibition in New York and it will feature a suite of new paintings consisting of digital prints on linen.

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Self Referral Non Objective, Feature Inc, New York, NY

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I overheard two artists in the gallery chatting about the deluge of abstraction that’s been around and one quipped to the other that abstraction flourishes in conservative times. Hard edge abstraction seemed to be the one to take a look at as it’s probably the most ubiquitous and the one that tends to get the most formal.

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Au Plein Air: Simon Ingram + Douglas Melini, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

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Work by Douglas Melini July 17 – August 10, 2011 Simon Ingram’s Radio Paintings “results from a sequence of material conversations of unseen and unheard information.” Ingram’s Abstract paintings are produced via a machine that scans the electromagnetic spectrum. Douglas Melini’s tightly pattern symmetrical abstractions will be juxtaposed with an audio component for his project at The Suburban. Simon Ingram is an artist and Senior Lecturer at the ELAM School of Fine Arts at the […]

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Between This Light and That and Space, Curated by Douglas Melini

Installation view of Between This Light and That and Space, Curated by Douglas Melini, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

June 25 - July 30, 2011

My Dear Friends: Those keynote events, which recently awakened your planet to faith and to action, have torn away the last veils of denial from the Collective Consciousness. A stone has been thrown into the water, and ripples of pure energy now spread around the globe – ushering in what will eventually become known as The Age of Conscious Choice. Doorways are opening, and magic is afoot!

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I AM NOT MONOGAMOUS, I HEART POETRY, a group exhibition, Feature, New York, NY

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Douglas Melini, Fusi-Form, 2010 June 23 – August 6, 2011 from fall 05 to fall 06 i went to a shrink to help figure my way thru some anxiety i was experiencing. the two things from that shrinking that i continue to reflect upon are process resistant / outcome resistant and from a long winded rambling about my range of sexual interests, the amusing awareness of a parallel between that and my gallery’s exhibition program. […]

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Cries & Whispers, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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Douglas Melini, Splendor of the Sun and the Moon, 2008 Acrylic on canvas and wood 24 x 20 inches April 23 – June 4, 2011 Sam Lee Gallery and co-curator Paul W. Evans are pleased to present Cries & Whispers, a group exhibition of 15 diverse artists whose practice centers on abstraction. Included in the exhibition are Jakob Christmas, William Conger, Jeff Gambill, Glenn Goldberg, Joanne Greenbaum, Hadley Holliday, Andy Kolar, Andrew Masullo, Douglas Melini, […]

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The Working Title, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

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Installation view March 25 – April 29, 2011 A 32-artist group survey of recent abstraction organized by Progress Report. Participating Artists: Amy Feldman, Benjamin King, Britton Tolliver, Cordy Ryman, Dennis Hollingsworth, Douglas Melini, EJ Hauser, Eric Freeman, Gary Petersen, Halsey Hathaway, Ian Pedigo, Inna Babaeva, Ivin Ballen, Jasmine Justice, JD Walsh, Jered Sprecher, Joshua Abelow, Joy Curtis, Keltie Ferris, Kris Chatterson, Lauren Luloff, Letha Wilson, Matthew Deleget, Omar Chacon, Osamu Kobayashi, Pamela Jorden, Patrick Brennan, […]

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Douglas Melini / Studio Visit, by Vince Contarino, Progress Report, July 30, 2010

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A painting in progress at Douglas Melini’s studio “PR was introduced to the paintings of Douglas Mellini from The Difficult Shapes of Possible Images, the 2006 show he organized at ZieherSmith, that was a collective preview of some of the most interesting NYC-based artists working with abstraction today. We dropped by his Bushwick studio earlier this summer to talk painting and gain some perspective into his working process…”

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Friends in High Places, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY

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David Shaw, Chemical Tail, 2008 Wood, steel, paint, holographic laminate 72 x 23 x 28 inches March 12 – April 18, 2010 Christopher Henry Gallery is pleased to announce Friends in High Places , an exhibition of abstract painting and sculpture by seventeen contemporary artists, organized by participants Zach Needler and Adrian Ting. Conceived as an organic interchange, Friends in High Places, explores the implicit connections within a community and takes as an article of […]

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

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  Installation view at MINUS SPACE project space, 2009   Matthew Deleget: Where did the paintings in your exhibition at MINUS SPACE begin?   Douglas Melini: Well, you were actually involved in the dawn of the new work. As you know during the summer of 2007, I had just finished preparing work for your exhibition Machine Learning and as fate would have it, my studio flooded, destroying close to a year’s worth of paintings, most of […]

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Douglas Melini: It Flows Over Us Without Meaning

Douglas Melini, Untitled (Abstract Painting No. 13) (detail), 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.

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VIEWLIST: Bulletin Board: Inspiration Information, Conceived by Karen Schifano

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Our third VIEWLIST exhibition is conceived by New York painter Karen Schifano.

The word “inspire” (originally meaning “to infuse with breath”) is a verb, but can also transform itself into a noun or adjective. It’s very active, and yet also implies being receptive, even demands openness, a readiness to receive, and a sharpening of perception and awareness. From one thing, there is a direct connection to another thing, a kind of touch that is nurturing, rich and full of promise. Potential becomes realization; we wake up rejuvenated, re-energized, and ready for action.

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VIEWLIST: I Can Read in Red, I Can Read in Blue, I Can Read in Pickle Color Too, Conceived by Douglas Melini

Nicholas Krushenick, Jungle Jim Lieberman, 1969, acrylic on canvas, 82 x 72 inches

Our first VIEWLIST exhibition is conceived by Brooklyn-based painter Douglas Melini.

Trying to make sense of color can be so difficult. I guess a big reason is that there has been very little written about it to help us out. I'm always grouping my experiences, and ideas about color together; making lists of my thoughts, categorizing them, hoping that somehow this process will help me achieve a better understanding of what color means to me.

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Minus Space at P.S.1 Extended

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  Installation in cafe space Exhibition in cafe space continues until May 2009. (Boiler Room exhibition closed on January 26, 2009.)     MINUS SPACE Curated by Phong Bui P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate Long Island City, NY   The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE’s 5th anniversary. […]

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ME(N)TAL, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens, Greece

  Douglas Melini, A Sensible Ecstasy, 2008 Acrylic on canvas / acrylic on wood, 181×115 cm November 20, 2008 – January 10, 2009 While Mondrian strived to finish his last work, Victory Boogie Woogie, endlessly repainting over the surface of the canvas, he realized that the end of WWII might have been at hand, but that his own war with geometric abstraction was to continue, its fierceness unabated. The sense of disquiet and confusion generated […]

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Minus Space, Curated by Phong Bui, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate, Long Island City, NY

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October 19, 2008 - May 4, 2009

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce our exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. P.S.1 is one of the oldest and largest non-profit arts centers in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE's 5th anniversary.

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MINUS SPACE Congratulates…

  2008 Artists’ Fellowships New York Foundation for the Arts, NYC Gilbert Hsiao Painting Fellowship Gilbert Hsiao Encounter, 2006 Acrylic on wood panel 30 inches diameter   Douglas Melini Painting Fellowship Douglas Melini Tight Resemblances, 2005 Acrylic on canvas 26 x 22 inches   183rd Annual Invitational Exhibition National Academy Museum, NYC   Edward Shalala Leo Meissner Prize in Graphics Edward Shalala Untitled: String as Painting in Nature, 2006 Photograph   Don Voisine H. W. Ranger […]

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Machine Learning, Curated by Matthew Deleget, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Terry Haggerty, Gilbert Hsiao & Douglas Melini (left to right)

November 27 - December 22, 2007

An exhibition examining pattern painting in the information age, featuring four NYC-based artists Henry Brown, Terry Haggerty, Gilbert Hsiao & Douglas Melini, with a special project room installation by Michael Zahn.

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