Galerie Protégé is pleased to present The Playground of the Fantastical!, with work by Maria Lynch and Joseph Meloy.
The art world is the Playground of the Fantastical! When one peers deeply into the complexity of what constitutes this vast world, it is clear that there are parallel universes cohabitating within the vast system of art. The Playground of the Fantastical ! is an exhibition that brings together two different corners of this world in perfect symbiosis. Maria Lynch, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is an internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist now working in New York and Joseph Meloy, a native New York artist who developed a style of painting called Vandal Expressionism, a brand of post-graffiti abstraction.
Lynch’s work is a very strong example of an artist who is informed by the contemporary art paradigm. Working across many disciplines from performance to painting, she creates hybrids of the human form with architectural attributes that allude to ideas of memory. Through the elegant application of paint and impeccable construction, with feminist undertones of textile work, complex metaphors are constructed often someplace between fantasy and the real.
Meloy’s work implores experiments of contemporary abstraction informed by two disparate New York Schools of art, the Abstract Expressionists and those that birthed Street Art. His style of painting gleans from these places in his otherworldly yet distinctly urban visual language, highlighted by mark-making and a bold sense of color.
Both artists work fall someplace between the figurative and the abstract, with color as a constant. The Playground of the Fantastical ! is about worlds within worlds, an idea both artists explore through artistic expression. Come into our fantastical world on September 4th 2014 from 6 – 8 pm.