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"Currents 31: Robert Melee"
2004-06-18 until 2004-09-19
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum celebrates the 31st
exhibition of its Currents series with artist Robert Melee. For Currents
31, Melee transforms the Cudahy Gallery into an interior of a suburban home,
complete with fake wood paneling and furniture wall units, replete with
family memorabilia, and brightly colored wall sculptures and paintings.
Currents is an ongoing series at the Milwaukee Art Museum that features the
work of contemporary artists. Currents 31: Robert Melee runs June 18
through September 19.
Robert Melee's work incorporates film, video, photography, painting and
sculpture in his elaborate mock suburban installations. Every surface of
the installation, walls, floors, ceiling and furniture will be covered in
fake wood paneling and marbleized paint.
The home entertainment units will
contain vintage televisions featuring Melee's home movies - of the artist,
his flamboyant mother and friends - and framed photographs and treasured
bottles of liquor. Melee's work, while seemingly reproducing the mundane
and abject nature of a certain kind of working-class suburban experience,
actually turns reality on it's head, offering a sensationalistic and
gleefully artificial vision which can only be mistaken for reality in the
same way that "reality TV" can.
Robert Melee has had numerous one-person gallery exhibitions, both in Europe
and America, and has exhibited at the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C. and
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT.
The exhibition is organized and curated by Stefano Basilico, adjunct curator
of contemporary art. Past Currents artists include Rachel Harrison, Rodney
Graham, Ross Bleckner, Meg Webster, Damien Hirst and Andreas Gursky.