Thursday, August 10, 2017

Philip Slein Galery: Thursday, 7 September 2017

Douglas Melini, Untitled, 2016, acrylic and oil on canvas with hand painted frame, 76 x 56 x 2"

DOUGLAS MELINI
OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 5-8 PM  
September 7 through October 7, 2017

The work of Douglas Melini has, until recently, been described as an unlikely fusion of Minimalism and P & D (Pattern and Decoration). Melini fills in a hard-edge, minimalist grid with what looks like painted patterns of plaids, stripes, and tattersalls. The precisionist effect is then overlaid by a less-perceptible layer of drips and drops of paint.

As that body of work progressed, Melini simultaneously was working on a closely related group of paintings in which gestural elements were painted over a lattice-like structure. The work retained the formality of a grid that nearly disappeared under the lushness of brushwork almost spiritual in quality. The effect projected, by both bodies of work, is one of optimism--something badly needed in trying times.  

PHILIP SLEIN GALLERY  
314-361-2617
4735 McPherson Ave 
St. Louis MO 63108




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