Hans Chew Life & Love, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches, 2013
I’m very happy to have painted the album cover for my husband Hans Chew’s new record “Life & Love”, which is available here. If you’d like a postcard of the painting sent to you in the USA, send your mailing address to Me@MelodieProvenzano.com (while supplies last). Check out his “Junker’s Blues” video here!
"Raw Ribbon" opened last month at University School of Nashville. I had a great time speaking with the students about my work and received great press from the Nashville Scene! See the show through February 10th.
Here is a trailer for the University School of Nashville Exhibition, entitled “Raw Ribbon”. I am debuting a new site specific series of 35 still life paintings on stretched raw canvas, all 16 inches high by varying widths, totaling nearly 53 feet. The paintings span the gallery wall forming the suggestion of a long ribbon. The content of each painting relates to the next, and the beginning and end canvases are custom built to end in a V-shape, typical of the way a ribbon end is cut. On each raw canvas, I focused my attention on painting objects and their shadows with clarity, precision and detail. Amongst the objects included are gift bows, little plastic babies, festive figurines, tiny plastic stars, snakes and more.
I’ve heard that a person feels the greatest sense of pleasure when they know for certain that they are just about to attain what they have been wanting. On one level, the gift bows and babies represent this exciting prelude to satisfaction. The prospect of being born into something houses eternal anticipation and the promise of fulfillment. However, once a person gets what they want, then the satisfaction eventually fades and new desires arise. Broadly speaking, in the birth of anything there is death, so along this ribbon-like installation of painted objects are notions of birth, death, celebration, and struggle, as well as the stillness and peace one can find within whatever the experience may be.
In the auxiliary gallery room earlier still life drawings, stop motion videos and actual objects that appear in my works are on display, giving the viewer an intimate look into my process. The artworks are like a catalog of dreams. One may find impressions, reflections and sensations as various as the objects in them. The meanings are revealed through visual metaphors of the experiences that we share as human beings, dependent as much upon where the viewer is coming from, as where I have been.
The Raw Ribbon Trailer was made from photographs of the paintings and a stop motion sequence of the installation, accompanied by the Connie Acher song “Treasure”.
The show opens January 9, 2014, with a reception from 6-8pm. The show runs through February 10. Works will be for sale, with 30% of sales going to USN. For more information, or to schedule a post-reception viewing, contact Emily Holt at email@example.com.
We installed my exhibition “Raw Ribbon” today in the Christine Slayden Tibbott Center Gallery at the University School of Nashville. Please join us Thursday, January 9th, 2014, 6-8pm for the show’s reception.
Sun Bow by Melodie Provenzano will be included amongst 260 works of contemporary art selected by jurors Jennie Lamensdorf, James Panero, Amy Smith-Stewart, and Mark Tribe for NURTUREart’s 2013 benefit.
Our Gay Wedding 16x20 @welcome2company now featured on Fab. Fab.com Based in New York City, artist Melodie Provenzano has fashioned a unique artistic milieu, a world of toy and figurine still lifes. Among the most traditional of forms, the still life is updated by Provenzano’s choice of subject, distinctly contemporary objects that—thanks to her thoughtful compositions—present a story that can be read differently by each and every viewer. Published exclusively by WelcometoCOMPANY, this limited-edition inkjet print reproduces Provenzano’s pleasantly novel drawings, originally rendered with either traditional graphite or pen and ink.