See My Artwork! Contest: # 22 - Melanie's Galleria

See My Artwork! Contest: # 22 - Melanie's Galleria

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Maxwell Ryan
Jan 30, 2006

Name: Melanie C. Location: Park Slope, Brooklyn Website: All Other Entries: Link Here

Pitch: I love contemporary art and have it all over my South Park Slope apartment. Believe it or not, it only reflects a part of what's in my home. I have a fairly minimal aesthetic for hanging, so I felt I needed to show a number of views to give you a better idea of what the experience is like. I don't have much money to spend on art, so most of my works are modest in scale and many of them are editions. I can't really pay over $1000 for a piece. Most shown here are things I spent $500 or less (or they were gifts). My ideal situation is to hang work so that it leads to a moment of discovery and reflection. I also want art that's interesting enough that I can think about it over a long period of time--something that keeps bringing up different connections and emotions. Most of the time I like works to hang on their own so that they aren't overwhelmed and have a chance to really engage the viewer.

One of my favorite moments is near the front door. I have a Haim Steinbach limited edition that came from the New Museum of Contemporary Art. It's two hands and so they wave hello or goodbye to whoever comes into the apartment. I've bought several works from not-for-profit art organizations. They often have limited editions and/or auctions for fundraisers and you can often get interesting works by cool artists. For instance, Flux Factory just announced there February auction and they have works by Sol Lewitt, The Royal Art Lodge, and Andrea Deszo that will probably go for prices well under those found in galleries.

Over my couch in the living room I currently have a Jimmy DeSana that I picked up from Art Resources Transfer. I love this photo. It's a beautiful print of two pairs of legs sticking out of a duffel bag. Art Resource Transfer sell on E-bay and they are great to deal with. If you live in NYC you can drop by their office to pick up your purchase.

On the way into my kitchen I have a wonderful Jean Shin photograph that was a gift from the artist. It's mounted on a thin sheet of steel, so it looks great as you approach it. It's an image of sinks lined up on the Bowery and I've juxtaposed it with my own wall of cluttered appliances. For me, it makes the wall visually humorous and interesting.

We have a second floor landing that leads into two family bedrooms. I've chosen to place to Dennis Oppenheim editions that he created in the early 70s. They are based on the conceptual video works he did with his own family. One, Go-Between, shows him, his wife and two children in a 20-minute fist fight. The other, Feedback, features the artist tracing obscenities on his daughters bare back. The pieces are difficult for most people, but I love them here in this private hallway. It always makes me reflect on the intimate underbelly of family dynamics. I picked these works up on ebay.com from Stil-American Fine Arts (stilamerican).

On the stairway up to the roof deck, I've installed a very small work by Marion Wilson. Most people "discover" this one as they climb the stairs. During the day it's nicely lit from the skylight above. These small sculptures sell at a very reasonable price through Cheryl Pelavin Gallery.

Over the bed in the bedroom, I've placed a work by Lorna Simpson that features two glass wishbones. Although my headboard is in pretty sad shape and needs to be replaced, I haven't quite gotten to it because I love how the color of the fabric goes with the plate glass on the right side of the triptych. The glass is inscribed, "Clearly if you get what you wished for you know you'll end up wanting another wish." Thanks! I'm a huge apartment therapy fan. Melanie C.
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