Melissa Brown, Four Play
January 18 - February 22
Opening January 18, 6 to 8
As a birthday present this year, I was given a trip to Foxwoods. We took the cheapest route of travel, which was difficult to find among the confusing welter of Internet options. The Chinatown bus leaves every night from Division Street at 9:30 PM and it is $12 for a round trip ticket. It was pouring rain. We were among the last to board.
I’ve always loved Casinos, even though I’m too cheap to gamble for real, or rather, the knowledge that the odds are stacked against me stands in my way. However, I’m still always willing to drop 60 bucks just to watch the spinning graphics: the prancing cats, the alternating geishas and dragons, the sword swings, the ringing coin drops, the colored lines that depict your winnings but are impossible to understand, the midi tunes, the mirrors on the ceiling as you take the escalator up: This way for the tables, ladies and gentleman. The mindless quest toward potential – it is all irresistibly seductive. Despite knowing better, I am taken in, hopelessly shelling out twenties in hopes of arriving at……. a bonus round?..... a free spin? Whatever. I’m up for anything. Playing slots is like sitting in purgatory, the last stop before death, a voluntary tax for opportunity, a vain hope that your numbers will come up, a momentary acknowledgement from the Universe – nothing is more American.
Despite my skepticism, I find the environment quite beautiful. One thousand candied fantasies of hot luck converted into cold cash all jockeying for your attention seems to make time stop, like you are riding on the Heaven’s Gate’s spaceship behind Hale Bop comet, speeding toward Utopia or a black hole.
Poker, on the other hand, is different. It is fun and it is social and you actually have a chance. Even the losers have a damn good time. Parts of people’s personalities are revealed when playing Hold ‘Em that would otherwise be kept hidden. It is a great game, one of chance and sizing up, luck and mathematics, skill and daring. More than anything, it allows you to play with money. I find it completely inspiring that money is valued by human perception instead of a stockpile of Gold. It means that human consciousness has the power to make the imaginary real. For this, it is worth peeling off a twenty and getting into the game.
This show is a collection of interrelated prints, paintings and animation. Each medium sheds light on the other. What connects my work in all of them is that I am cutting through layers. I am searching for some hidden payoff like a scratch-off ticket player hoping to find a reward beneath the surface.
On Sunday nights over the course of this show, invited artists will wager artwork in games of Texas Hold ‘Em. On the final day of the show, Sunday, February 22, there will be a closing and the exhibition will rotate. My work will come down and all of the wagered artwork will be hung. It will be a one-day group show of all that was won and lost, an art collection formed through chance.
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- Gina Beavers
- Brian Belott
- Melissa Brown
- Steve Gianakos
- Billy Grant
- Christian Marclay
- Gary Panter
- Erik Parker
- Annie Pearlman
- Javier Pinon
- Dario Robleto
- Keegan McHargue
Opening November 8- December 27, 2014
Animated Films by
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Tomato House, 301 Saratoga Ave. Brooklyn NY 11233
JUNE / JULY 2014
Where Special Event: Poker Night with Melissa Brown
NOT A FORCE BUT A CURVATURE
June 19 – July 20th, 2014
Opening Thursday June 19th, 6PM
Matthew F Fisher
Curated by Ryan Schneider
HEART'S GYMNASTICS: EJ Hauser, Melissa Brown, Erin Lee Jones, Yevgeniya Baras, Jackie Tileston, Anna Schachte, Fabienne Lasserre
curated by Yevgenias Baras
Outpost Artist Resources, 1665 Norman Street, Brooklyn, NY
Reviewed in Hyper Allergic
328 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Between Hoyt And Smith Streets
Over the last three and a half years we have avoided the idea of doing an art show. But then a few things happened that made the idea irresistible. Last year, we stumbled into getting this giant empty space down the street that we’ve used to show our art collection to friends and clients.
Although we are not particularly interested in becoming an art gallery, over the last few months three of our favorite artists have had new bodies of work come together that really deserve to be seen. So we are going to do an art show.
Melissa Brown, Leif Goldberg and Erin Rosenthal have all known each other for years. It’s fair to say that all three are master printmakers. In one way or another the three artists have been connected to the explosion of creative activity that came out of Providence in the 90’s and early 2000’s. A common vision that has been evident within the three artist’s work in the past, is clearly still present.
an exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos, and installations that explore concepts of worth and valuation.
Melissa Brown, Katie Creyts, Pete Driessen,
David Hammons, Heather Hart, Christian Jankowski,
Caitlin Karolczak, Christina Kelly, Richard Knox,
Michael Landy, Mark Lombardi, Eric Lunde,
Esperanza Mayobre, Tim Portlock, Martha Rosler,
Yumi Janairo Roth, Sebastiao Salgado, Peter Simensky,
Nari Ward, and Caroline Woolard.
Wednesday, March 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
TCNJ Art Gallery, The College of New Jersey
Art & Interactive Multimedia (AIMM) Building
2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, New Jersey 08628
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m
Yasemin Kackar-Demirel, Greg Lindquist, Kanishka Raja, Kim Schoenstadt and Jovan Karlo Villalba
Clint Jukkala Melissa Brown Becky Yazdan Peter Ramon Will Lustenader
Wednesday, September 26 – Saturday, November 21, 2012
610 Hipódromo St.
San Juan, PUERTO RICO 00909
83 Bowery 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002
Organized by Gina Beavers
September 21 – October 20
Friday, September 21, 7–9 pm
Alex Ebstein Daniel Rios Rodriguez EJ Hauser Francis Holstrom Gina Beavers Heather Guertin Jerry Anastasio Jesse Greenberg John McAllister Jory Rabinovitz
Joshua Abelow Matthew Thurber Melissa Brown Michael Berryhill Michael Mahalchick Natalie Frank Nathan Gwynne Phillip Birch & Nolan Simon
Rebecca Bird Rose Marcus Ryan Schneider Ryan Travis Christian Saira McLaren
Sam Moyer Scott Hug Stacy Fisher Tamara Gonzales Timothy Hull Tracy Thomasen
July 12 - August 17
Thursday July 12, 6 - 8
Yevgeniya Baras Julia Bland Melissa Brown Ezra Johnson Francesco Longenecker
Naomi Safran-Hon Irys Schenker
Andrew Edlin Gallery
July 5 - August 18, 2012CTRL+P New Dimensions in Printmaking
Curators Kristina Bilonick and Julie Chae present the work of artists who are approaching this discipline through non-traditional processes, forms, and means of dissemination and distribution. The work is rooted in the tradition of printmaking, but crosses into and employs multiple disciplines, including installation, performance, film and new media.
February 25 - March 31, 2012
Congress of Collectives, at Flux Factory
October 13, 2011 6:30 pm
Presentation about Dotto Lotto, working collaboratively
Animation Project, Curated by Julie Chae Winkleman Curatorial Research Lab
Opening reception September 9, 6-8pm
Sept 9- October 15, 2011
621 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001 Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 6 pm
Press about Dotto Lotto:
Review on Hyper Allergic by Howard Hurst
Group Exhibition curated by Ingrid Dinter The Proposition
July 6 - August 7, 2011
Inaugurial opening of Kansas Gallery, 59 Franklin Street, New York, NY. June 24 -July 30, 2011
Group show with Melissa Brown, Brendan Cass, Max Galyon, Jesse A Greenberg, Sylvan Lionni, Matthew Northridge, Shannon Plumb, Zach Rockhill and Tamara Zahaykevich
DOTS AND DASHES curated by Christina Vassallo
Myrtle Ave Gallery Walk, June 17 -July 8, 2011
Myrtle Ave between Clinton and Vanderbilt, Brooklyn NY
Random Number Multiple
Random Number is a curatorial project by Christina Vassallo, which published limited edition multiples by selected artists.Random Number Editions
Launch Party, May 22, 2011. The Multiples are available through the site.
Press about Cave View
Group Exhibition, New York, New YorkZieherSmith
March 31 - May 7, 2011
Sue Scott, New York, New YorkSue Scott Info
March 16 - April 22, 2011
Dadareah, Group Exhibition
Canada, New York, New YorkDadareah Info
February 25 - March 20, 2011
Bas Fischer Invitational, NADA Art Fair 2010, December 2-5, 2010
The CRAFT, curated by Melissa Brown at the Lehman College Art gallery
For more info Lehman Art Gallery, Bronx New York
Reception, October 18, 2010
Steam Roller Print Studio II
Islip Art Museum Carriage House Residency
to see pics check out Studio
A one month studio residency as part of Projects 10
DADARHEA is freeform video workshop with a group of guest artists who pride themselves on confounding their audiences, allowing them to employ animation, live action video (on location and greenscreen), musical performance, or any and all improvised & questionable behavior. Opening reception Friday, August 13, 2010 8pm. Oh Wow
MUTANT POP GROUP EXHIBITION curated by DEARRAINDROP and BRANDON JOYCE
AUGUST 20 - SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
OPENING FRIDAY AUGUST 20, 6-9 pm