MELODIE PROVENZANO

MELODIE PROVENZANO

MELODIE PROVENZANO STEALTH PEACE

May 14 – June 27, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 14 from 6-8pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1.Color Bow

MELODIE PROVENZANO STEALTH PEACE
May 14 – June 27, 2015

Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to present Melodie Provenzano’s first solo exhibition with the gallery titled “Stealth Peace” opening Thursday, May 14, 6-8pm, and on view through June 27, 2015. Provenzano will show a new series of highly detailed paintings of single objects and still lifes.

“Over the years I have collected hundreds of objects. I have containers stacked to the ceiling in my studio filled with toys, glassware, figurines, bows and other various things. It’s a well of inspiration that I rely upon when composing the still lifes that I draw and paint from direct observation. The artworks are like a catalog of dreams with layers of meaning open to interpretation. One may find impressions, reflections and sensations as various as the objects in them. The meanings are revealed through visual metaphors of the experiences that we share as human beings, dependent as much upon where the viewer is coming from as where I have been.”
– Melodie Provenzano

Melodie Provenzano’s work is much more than still life painting. Each piece is painted with the utmost detail. Her compositions are filled with a diverse array of nostalgic, common objects that together suggest endless interpretation. Provenzano works on one painting at a time, making it her world until its completion. She begins by assembling the objects on a tabletop. Her skill in composing elaborate arrangements come from her ten year background as a window dresser for Saks Fifth Avenue. The objects in each of the still life arrangements are chosen deliberately, based on the level of emotional reaction and meaning Provenzano gleans from them. Setting them up is like playing, arranging, rearranging, studying how they look until she arrives at a composition she likes. Melodie says, “This part of the process is quite fun. I respond to the visual and emotional stimulation of how objects relate, reflect light, cast shadows and inhabit space.” Once she is satisfied with the placement of the objects, she begins to draw, and paint the composition from life.

Paintings such as “Heaven” and “Hell” have a specific theme in contrast to “Champbaby!” a straightforward, playful spin on the common found object – a full champagne glass spilling out miniature toy baby figurines.

In addition to the still life compositions Provenzano paints singular objects, notably, the two largest paintings in the exhibition, “Color Bow” and “Reign Bow” each 54” x 72”. Enlarged way beyond their normal size these otherwise mundane objects are imbued with a gorgeous powerful presence.

Two large installations are included in the exhibition, the largest, 19 small paintings, spanning over 22 feet in width on multiple custom shaped canvases. Within the installation are many paintings of single objects, such as a set of Russian nesting dolls, ceramic figurines, and graphic shapes that link the painting into a pattern suggesting a woven basket.

Nostalgia, memory, loss, a bygone era, these are the underlying themes Provenzano stirs. Bringing together her passion for collecting found objects, eventually the subject of her paintings, we see this melding into her art practise alongside a thoughtful searching with-in.

MELODIE PROVENZANO lives and works in New York City. Provenzano graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1996. After receiving her BFA, she freelanced for more than a decade dressing storefront windows and showroom displays for Saks 5th Avenue, Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Hermes. At this time, she sharpened her drawing and painting skills while developing her art. Melodie has exhibited in group shows such as “Still Life”, Nancy Margolis Gallery, NYC, “Playing Around”, The Brattleboro Museum, VT, “Champagne & Baloney”, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NYC, “Singles”, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA and solo shows Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL.

BORN
1974 Kinderhook, New York
Lives and works in New York, NY

EDUCATION
1996 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, B.F.A.

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2015 Stealth Peace, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, May 14 – June 20
2014 Raw Ribbon, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN, January 9 – February 10
2012 Rock Center, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, November 15 – December 15
2012 Selected Work 2005-2011, 5th Avenue Windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, October 5-12
2011 Drawn Together: Melodie Provenzano & Philippe Simille, The Marketplace Gallery, Albany, NY, May 6-28
2010 Melodie Provenzano & Rachel Hovnanian, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, December 11 – February 5
2010 It’s My Birthday!, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, February 12 – March 8
2008 Debutant, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY, September 5 – October 4
2006 Selected Paintings, 5th Avenue Windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, March 6-13
2005 Resonance: Works by Melodie Provenzano & Richard Monge, Space Other, Boston, MA Sept 10 – Oct 22
2004 Paintings & Works on Paper, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD, June 12 – September 6
1999 33 Paintings, North Pointe Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, NY, October 23 – December 31

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Small Works: More or Less, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, February 18 – April 2

2015
Still Lifes: Perceptions of Inanimate Objects, Evelyn E. Jorgenson Gallery, Moberly, MO, Oct. 1 – Nov. 12

Observations and Collections, Hatton Gallery at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, Feb. 6 – March 6

2014
Bingo!, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD, November 21 – December 14
Painting Now, Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts, Tucson, AZ Nov. 8 – Dec. 5
A Precious Few, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, July 5 – August 3
Feel Life Summer Art Festival, Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY, June 12 – September 16
Art for Tibet, Tibet House, New York, NY, May 15

2013
Small & Large Packages, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN, December 5 – January 4
Nurture Art Benefit, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, October 28
Art Southampton, Lyons Wier Gallery, Southampton, NY, July 25 – 29
The Goddess, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, June 1 – 29
WAGMAG Benefit, English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, May 21

2012
Art Miami, Lyons Wier Gallery, Miami, FL, December 4 – 9
Art for Tibet, Tibet House, New York, NY, December 1
Nurture Art Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY, Nobember 4-5
Dexterity, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, July 11 – August 11
Graphomania, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, June 30 – July 21
Fun in the Sun, The Highline Loft, New York, NY, May 10-19
Grey Full, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY, January 13 – February 11

2011
MATA Benefit: Original Artwork by Christian Marclay, Melodie Provenzano, and more, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, October 18
Nuture Art Benefit, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, October 11
Major Grey, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, July 30 – August 27
“24/7”, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, June 16 – July 16
Here & Now, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, January 8-29

2010
Singles, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, June 12 – July 3
Still Life, Holly Farrell, Amy Mahnick, Melodie Provenzano, Todd Knopke, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, May 6 – June 30

2009
PALMS, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Another Damn Good Painting Show, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY, May 28 – June 28
Playing Around, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT, April 5 – July 26
Endless Summer Exhibition, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
Champagne & Baloney, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY, March 19 – April 18
Pulse NY, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2008
Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, June 26 – July 27

2006
Art of the Word, Haven Arts, Bronx, New York, June 5-30

2005
Summer Splendor: Donald Baechler, Richard Bosman, Louisa Chase, Morgan Cohen, Dennis Farber, Luis Flores, Kay Hwang, Melodie Provenzano, Ruth Root, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD, July 12 – August 27

2004
New Prints 2004/Summer, Internatinoal Print Center New York, New York, NY, June 24 – July 30
Works on Paper-Park Avenue Armory, Goya Contemporary, New York, NY, February 26-29
Palm Beach Contemporary, Goya Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL, January 8-13

2003
IFPDA Fair-Park Avenue Armory, Goya Contemporary, New York, NY, Nobember 6-9
Summer Selection: Sally Egbert, Bernhard Hildenbrandt, Hermine Ford, Gail Deery, Robert Salazar. Louisa Chase and Melodie Provenzano, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD, July 31 – September 2
Scent, The Proposition, New York, NY, May 15
Works on Paper-Park Avenue Armory, Goya Contemporary, New York, NY, February 27 – March 2
San Francisco International Art Expo-Fort Mason Center, Goya Contemporary, San Francisco, CA, Jan. 17-20

2002
No-Show, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
No-Home Show, Eugenia Vargas Residence, Miami, FL
Art Palm Beach-International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, Goya Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL, Jan. 11-15
Art Miami-Miami Beach Convention Center, Goya Contemporary, Miami, FL, January 4-8

1998
Absolut Secret, David McKee, New York, NY, December 16-19

1997
You’ve Got a Hot Ass…the Revenge of L.H.O.O.Q., 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, October 6-17