Wall Sculptures at Tansey Contemporary Gallery

“Found and Made”
Melinda Rosenberg
August 4 – August 25, 2017 in Santa Fe NM
Opening reception: Friday August 4th, 5 – 7pm
Unfolding >>
UNFOLDING 1, 61″ x 28″ x 11″
ROCKERS 70″ x 10″ x 4″ & LOVE SEAT 36″ x 25″ x 7″
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We are pleased to invite you to “Found and Made”, a solo exhibition from Melinda Rosenberg on display at 652 Canyon Road Santa Fe NM, August 4th – August 25th, 2017. 

Rosenberg creates three dimensional wall sculptures out of new, natural and found wood objects, drawn to the material through its representation of time and memory, and inspired by its intimacy with nature. She explains:  

“I love how wood holds the memory of its growth within its grain, and how wood delays to reveal its growth structure. Once I find the wood with the right lecture or grain, I try to highlight the nature of the wood as I construct the pieces. When weathered wood reveals grain and appears soft and decayed, I am embracing age. When a peeling chair reveals layers of different colored paint, the history of that chair becomes a part of my work. All of this wood gives me.”

Collectively, “Found and Made” honors the meeting of art and craft, painting and sculpture. It features works created from a variety of wood materials ranging from an old wood chair seat to croquet mallets, and represents several of the artist’s series of work. Each of Rosenberg’s series centers around a specific look or shape of wood for comparison. Deceptively simple, the repetition encourages the viewer to look twice and notice the subtle differences. 

UNFOLDING 2 62″ x 32″ x 12″ & SPINNING CROQUET MALLETS 86″ x 7″ x 5″

The “Boat Series” consists of long and narrow shaped pieces, the “Stick Series” evokes a connection to sensuality and the “Unfolding” series, Rosenberg’s most recent series, focuses more on painting. Rosenberg states: 

“Just as the driver is painted from the front and side view on the window of a 1950’s era tin toy car, this series explores the area between painting and sculpture.  All of the history and weight of mark making is at play, but countered with the self consciousness of seeing around the painting to the back. Paint is sanded smooth, emphasizing its’ illusion-ism. The physicality of wood counters the apparent depth and atmosphere of paint.”

While her forms are contemporary, Rosenberg has a historical and eclectic influence drawing from chashitsu architecture, a traditional Japanese structure for tea ceremonies, and extensive cross-country travel. She began working with wood in graduate school at The Ohio State University, before teaching art for almost 30 years. Now retired, she is pursuing her dream of creating wood sculptures. 

Her work is exhibited in both public and private collections nationwide.

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 4th from 5 -7pm.

We hope to see you there!
Warm Regards,
The Tansey Contemporary Team

For more information on any of the works listed please contact Jen Tansey atjen@tanseycontemporary.com