Grenfell Art Gallery is pleased to present the first art gallery based solo exhibition of the work of Halifax artist Melanie Colosimo: What keeps things together, when things fall apart.
Opening Jan. 17, 2020 the exhibition features a large of body of new and recent work representing a turn in Ms, Colosimo’s art as her rigorous highly-detailed drawing practice takes sculptural form. Over the last five years large-scale drawings depicting fences as fallible devices of inclusion and exclusion have served as an impetus for the adaptation of utilitarian materials often associated with construction, such as pylons and safety vests, toward the creation of dynamic sculptural forms. Through her use of simple material, Ms. Colosimo draws out larger themes of collectivity, access and care, critically examining notions of progress, gender inequality and proto-masculinity in the process. A key figure in the National and Atlantic Canadian Art scene, Ms. Colosimo has been in residence at Grenfell Art Gallery through Memorial University’s School of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus Corner Brook since Jan. 5.
Colosimo says of her work: “My subjects are temporary utilitarian objects that connote construction, a ‘work in progress’ or the formative states. They are symbols of liminality, thresholds between a previous state of being and the next phase. I explore this liminal state; not only through the completion of a work but also during the phases of creation and process.”
Curated by Grenfell Art Gallery director and curator Matthew Hills ‘What keeps things together, when things fall apart’ opens inquiries into the structures that seemingly ensure our collective care and safety, the negotiation of trauma, and the generative power of collective action born from necessity and resourcefulness.
Based out of Halifax, NS, Ms. Colosimo work focuses on strong, structural materials to explore identity, liminality and progress. She received a BFA from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB (2006) and an MFA from the University of Windsor, in Windsor, ON (2011). Her work has been screened and exhibited in festivals and galleries internationally and across Canada such as AKA Gallery (SK) the Art Gallery of Windsor (ON), the Atlantic Film Festival (NS), Eastern Edge Gallery (NL), and Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery (NS). Her work is currently travelling southern China as part of the exhibition Maud Lewis and the Nova Scotia Terrior. She has participated in a variety of residencies such as the CFAT local Artist in Residence, University of Windsor Research Residency and the Banff Centre’s Thematic Residencies and at the Vermont Studio Centre in Johnson, Vermont.
The exhibit opens with a reception Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Grenfell Art Gallery. Drinks and light snacks will be served. As always, all are welcome.