Exhibition Description


Melanie Manos
A Heightened State
July 12 – August 9, 2014

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In her first solo exhibit at Re:View Contemporary Gallery, Melanie Manos presents an installation of large and small works, depending on your perspective.  Manos’ new body of work encompasses mixed-media collage from both digital and non-digital sources in concert with video projection, sculpture, and performance. From these various works—all involving combinations of the body and structural elements—a suggested universe emerges that includes the real, the surreal, and the absurd.

In this latest manifestation of her work, Manos invites the viewer to reflect on what she sees as the infinite loop of human perseverance, exploration, and wonder. Manos created much of the work while artist in residence at Taliesin—The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Wisconsin—in the summer of 2013, and at the MacDowell Art Colony, New Hampshire in the winter of 2014.  The built and natural environments of both places strongly influenced the new work, which Manos also connects back to the structural columns of the Willys Overland Building, where her solo exhibit takes place.

A Heightened State creates an immersive contemplation on the subtleties of our own reality, which one could conclude is no more than the combined deliberations (and execution) of our mind movements.

Melanie Manos is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, digital media and installation. Her work explores the body amid the built environment and stems from a compulsion to physically interact with objects and structures, coupling humor with pathos, delight with anxiety, immediacy with duration. She was born and raised in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, earned a B.A. at UCLA and performed as a founding member of the Los Angeles based performance duo Too Much Girl.

Manos earned an M.F.A. at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design where she currently teaches Detroit Connections: In the Classroom and Detroit Connections: Summer in the City. For the inaugural Detroit Dlectricity, Manos premiered an experimental site-specific video projection onto the Garfield Building.

Manos’ recent residencies include 2014 Artist in Residence at MacDowell Art Colony, for which she received a MacArthur Travel Grant;  and 2013 Artist in Residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin, Wisconsin.  In 2013 the artist also presented her work at the Kyoto Seika University, Japan.   In June 2012, Manos exhibited video and print work at galleries in Mechelen, Belgium, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Upcoming residencies include Artist in Residence at UCross, Wyoming in August 2014.