April 4-29, 2006
San Francisco artist Mel Prest combines hues and marks to form simple color patterns which constitute a multi-dimensional architecture based on physical landscapes and rhythmic vibrations. Prest’s hand-painted lines pulsate against her effortless grid planes, creating a synesthesia of perspective. The viewer must focus and re-focus the eye to apprehend undulating lines that distend and contract, shifting in both connotation and appearance in a single gaze. Her paintings are optical quandaries that act as visual metaphors for three-dimensional form.
Mel Prest’s recent exhibitions include Contemporary Perspectives at the MOCA, Santa Rosa, California, 2005; The Line Up, San Francisco Art Institute, 2004; Bowerhaus, the Bower, San Antonio, Texas, 2003; and Open Line, a solo show at the Gregory Lind Gallery, 2003. Prest received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Mills College and presently lives and works in San Francisco. She was Artist in Residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2004 and an Affiliate Artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts from 2002 to 2005.
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