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30 Mar 2020

Melodie Provenzano: Seeing Oneself In Others

Nancy Margolis Gallery

Reviewed by Xico Greenwald

Like many still life artists, Melodie Provenzano paints objects she is drawn to. In her case, they are sculptures and multimedia wall pieces by her favorite contemporary artists. Provenzano's meta-project makes artwork of artwork.

Her thought-provoking exhibition at Nancy Margolis presents six still life paintings, each paired alongside the original motif. Artworks by Jae Yong Kim, Matthew McCaslin, Shari Mendelson, Michelle Segre, Arthur Simms, and Jeanne Tremel appear next to Provenzano's corresponding oil paintings.

Care went into lighting the sculptures to match the lighting in the paintings. Looking back and forth between them, visitors can compare the actual objects against their two-dimensional depictions, noticing how Provenzano adjusts her touch to match surface textures.

The larger-than-life oils offer visitors the opportunity to consider the subtle artistic choices that went into making these immaculately executed observational paintings as well as the nature of creativity itself.

Exhibition Melodie Provenzano: Seeing Oneself In Others
Start date 27 Feb 2020
End date 11 Apr 2020
Presenter Nancy Margolis Gallery link
Venue 523 West 25th Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Melodie Provenzano, Ablaze Glaze, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, courtesy of Nancy Margolis Gallery

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