Dana Melamed
Under Currents (detail), 2010
Transparency film, cinefoil, vinyl, metal wire, acrylic paint, ink and charcoal on paper and aluminum composite mesh
55 x 68 x 4 in. (140 x 173 x 10 cm)

We would like to invite you to the Black Tide exhibition – a solo show  of our good friend Dana Melamed at the Priska C. Juschka Fine Art 547 West 27th street New York NY. (The show will run Sept 16th-Oct 23rd). 

With this exhibition, Dana Melamed expands her exploration of the relationship between her unique technique, the materials she applies and her theoretical approach to a subject as old as the human race — the conflict between nature’s own creations and manmade interventions.

Dana Melamed constructs a visual world of drawn and collaged imagery, mostly sourced from digital archives forming a pictorial quilt, consequently transforming it with a blowtorch into a densely crusted, layered surface born out of fire.

Using a blowtorch to melt her materials into one another, Melamed fuses sheet metal, Cinefoil, photographic film, acrylic paint and industrial waste into a complex amalgam of textures — left only void of color, but for the singe marks of her instrument. Her intricate black and white palette produces a wide spectrum of hues, provoking a sense of a full palate on a surface, woven together by paint, glue and fire. By transforming a regular blowtorch into a brush that mixes materials rather than colors, Melamed demonstrates the ability of an alchemist with an aptitude for using the element of fire to change the consistency of matter.

Similarly sedimentary, Dana Melamed’s subject matter evokes the first collective memories of mankind — the struggle of human determination and ultimately attempted domination with nature’s ceaselessly regenerating creative processes. By referring to the inventions of the industrial age, foremost the engine that brought both progress and self-inflicted destruction, Melamed lays the groundwork for an argument that points to the core of human nature itself, questioning the merits of human evolution and the progress of civilization — whether mankind is capable of handling the power it seized and possesses conscientiously and responsibly.

Dana Melamed was born and raised in Israel, and now lives and works in New Jersey. She holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Ort Technikum, Israel. Melamed has been the subject of several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows including: One Thousand and One Nights: the narrative tradition in contemporary Middle Eastern art, William Paterson University Art Galleries, Wayne, NJ; Skeptical Landscapes and Lost Horizon, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Sustainable?, Chen Gallery, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT; the 183rd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY; and Future Tense: Contemporary Views/Post-Utopian Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Westchester, NY. She will also be included in the upcoming exhibition Fire Works at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. 

You can see more of Dana’s work on her website – http://www.danamelamed.com/

Video tour – http://bit.ly/DarkestMatter2

Tal Peer, Roy Fire and Dana Melamed.

Photographer: Shaq Photography, LLC
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