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Melissa Oresky

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the University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000, MFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


For me, landscape is time-based and continually changing, and can be constructed from anything. I define landscape as a backdrop for thought, experience, and knowledge. Landscape is any “other” to the interiority of the body. It can orient and disorient. It is a network of phenomena and a base to explore particular experiences of light, color, and space.

Recently I have been making work that is either extremely fast or extremely slow (made in one sitting or over several years), using paint, collected papers, fragments of photographs, canvas scraps and other studio leftovers. With a vocabulary rooted in abstraction, my works are based on procedural directives or formal parameters I set for myself in the studio.   

In addition to paintings and collages I make video work in collaboration with musician, Zak Boerger, that uses similarly derived imagery. While the still work suggests the inevitability of movement and accumulation over time, the videos suggest stillness within perpetual change. 

Recent Exhibits

Melissa Oresky participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Everything Must Go! Art Fair
Heaven Gallery
Feb, 2015 The Crust Lies Over the Mantle
Jan Brandt Gallery
Sep, 2013 Inventory_The EAM Collection
Elmhurst Art Museum
Jul, 2013 Thru-Lines
Aug, 2012 Artist Talk with Melissa Oresky
Hyde Park Art Center
May, 2012 Melissa Oresky: Trail
Hyde Park Art Center
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