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"When Dawn Breaks: Dana Melamed"
2006-02-16 until 2006-03-18
Juschka Fine Art
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present When Dawn Breaks, Dana
Melamed's first solo exhibition in New York City. In her work, Melamed
amasses numerous layers of urban images and building materials in order to
construct cities that exemplify the unremitting destruction and rebuilding
of our surroundings. Melamed's works embody narratives of the great cities
of the world, yet, at the same time, resist the allusion to a specific
time and place.
Despite their seemingly open-ended appearance, Melamed defines a clear
core around which the work organically develops on the wall. The starting
point of her constructions are most often the very events that restructure
our environments-fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes or acts of human
aggression. These calamitous episodes leave a scar on the configuration of
the city, in turn creating the need to rewrite its structural pattern.
It is this process of reconstruction that Melamed mimics in her work, both
uncovering and concealing the impressions that the destructive force left
behind. In so doing, her works unearth the intrinsic structure upon which
every major city is built. She constructs buildings, paves roads and
establishes infrastructures above existing ones, using architectural
imagery and techniques such as transparency film, aluminum, ink, sheetrock
mesh, and charcoal. By vigorously applying and eradicating layer after
layer to and from her fictitious metropolis, Melamed points to the
ubiquitous nature of history. In realizing the process and outcome of her
works, one is able to distinguish a unique practice of regeneration that
is inevitably inherent in the event of destruction.
Dana Melamed was born and raised in Israel, and now lives in New Jersey.
She holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Ort Technikum, Israel. She
has had several solo exhibitions in Tel-Aviv, and has also participated in
group shows in the United States, including New Found Land at Priska C.
Juschka Fine Art (2005). She recently took part in The Cooper Union
Residency program (2005).
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