galleryELL would like to welcome our newest member artist, melissa staiger of brooklyn, new york. you can view her work at the galleryELL website.
color is a remedy for melissa. for over ten years she has been painting in sequences of colors and shapes. her work is the human element tied with expansiveness.
this evolution begins with drops of paint created from a dropper, which are then configured into extended lines. the lines in this suite of drawings came from visiting upstate new york where melissa had time to contemplate quietness in the imagery of bare trees. the lines in the work are active yet quiet. the viewer negotiates through the negative space between the lines and in her color choices. she uses reds, whites, oranges, yellows and other neutrals creating these works through intuition and a collective knowledge of her experience.
It is hard to believe that my fall semester of teaching is over already and it is into the holiday season and my winter break. The start of winter break leads to the excitement of knowing that I have a full month to focus on my studio work. I look forward to continuing work on a new series I have been developing and to exploring a new found interest in graphite on paper. I really have been intrigued now by trying to element color from my work and just to focus on the forms and the expressive powers of my mark making. Well, we will see what the break brings and I look forward to sharing the work that comes from this time.
It’s December 6th, my last week at I-Park. I am now working longer hours in the studio with hopes of completing my sculptures and paintings. I wish the residency was a month longer.
I have almost finished five works on paper, a straw sculpture, and am working on a plaster and blown egg project. There were other things, but these are the ones that grew legs and I am now running with them. Right now the plaster with eggs sculpture looks like and feels like a big ugly turd-which is not intended-and I am disgruntled by it. I don’t like the visible hand with the plaster-I want it smooth-a polished turd, so to speak-with polished bumps. This has led me to cast the plaster in ziplock bags and push the blown eggs into the bag, the heads of the eggs peeping out, and this is working more for me than the turd. I am making a lot of the ziplock egg sculpture components. They may unite to create a larger piece, or remain separate units-we’ll see!
these artists join a dynamic group of actively working artists concerned with connectivity to community beyond their practice.
we look forward to working with them and growing our strength as a transient gallery community.
we are currently working with all artists to begin the ‘launch-phase’ of our official gallery website. projects and work of the artists will be managed through a join venture based on studio practice and collaboration with the group of artists being represented. we look forward to seeing this exciting endeavor develop.
we are still reviewing several applications and will post new artists as they are accepted. in august we will also be posting submission procedures open to artists living in brooklyn. it is our aim to form a more local community to help in strengthening our universal ‘web’ community.