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Artist's Reception: Philip Melnick at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Small Seductions
Exhibition Dates: January 12 - February 23, 2013

Opening with the Artist:
January 12th
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Joseph Bellows Gallery works with continued determination to draw attention to important Los Angeles photographers of the 1970's.Small Seductions will present the work of Philip Melnick, a photographer who with Eileen Cowin, Judy Fiskin, John Divola and Steve Kahn were all pivotal to the L.A. photographic movement in the 1970's. Through nearly 50 images Bellows hopes to reintroduce this master to Southern California; his work has not been shown here in three decades.

Melnick has a sense for geometry, an attraction to the rhythm of man-made structure, and interest in odd juxtapositions between constructed and natural forms. Roof-lines, manicured lawns, wooden fences, and even parking lots are the source of structure in many frames, rhythm emerges often through the repetition of geometry,6th St., Los Angeles, CA and 8th St., Los Angeles, CA are lovely examples of controlled repetition captured by Melnick.

Flora often is the source of humor in Melnick's work- the emergence of the natural world that in all these manmade spaces presents source for either more control or at times none at all. Over or under manicured lawns, shrubs wrapped in cloth, overgrowth, and wind-blown branches become the tipping point and intrigue for much of the work. Melnick embraces the vernacular architecture of Los Angeles and manages to find a strange perfection to each of these every day moments. With a streak of humor, a perfection in balance, or a quality of light each frame really lives up to the show title- Small Seduction.

For more information please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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