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Melissa Loop
updated: 07/18/2013
website: melissaloop.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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I Turned Your Kingdom Out
We Now Stand Where You Stood
Fragment
It awill always Come Full Circle
I Dreamt that Day was Night and I Could See Whar Came Before Me
Piecing Back What Once Was
The Weight of it Would Destroy You
untitled
Don't Mind the Smoke
A Dream of a Made up Hawaiian Island
 
Portfolio Keywords:  landscape, architecture, fantasy
 
 
I Turned Your Kingdom Out by Melissa Loop
I Turned Your Kingdom Out
Acrylic and spray paint
2013
60 " x  40 " 
We Now Stand Where You Stood by Melissa Loop
We Now Stand Where You Stood
Acrylic and spray paint
2013
36 " x  90 " 
Fragment by Melissa Loop
Fragment
acrylic and spray paint
2013
24" x  18" 
It awill always Come Full Circle by Melissa Loop
It awill always Come Full Circle
Acrylic and spray paint
2013
30" x  20" 
I Dreamt that Day was Night and I Could See Whar Came Before Me by Melissa Loop
I Dreamt that Day was Night and I Could See Whar Came Before Me
Acrylic and spray paint
2013
30 " x  18 " 
Piecing Back What Once Was by Melissa Loop
Piecing Back What Once Was
Acrylic and spray paint
2013
24" x  18" 
The Weight of it Would Destroy You by Melissa Loop
The Weight of it Would Destroy You
Acrylic and spray paint
2011
30 " x  20 " 
untitled by Melissa Loop
untitled
Acrylic
2012
11" x  14" 
Don't Mind the Smoke by Melissa Loop
Don't Mind the Smoke
Acrylic and spray paint
2012
60" x  84" 
A Dream of a Made up Hawaiian Island by Melissa Loop
A Dream of a Made up Hawaiian Island
Acrylic and spray paint
2012
60" x  84" 

Artist Statement

 By using the guise of romantic landscape painting, I am exploring the slippery ideas of place, the way tourism and media perpetuate fantasies of the exotic, and the ways cultural identities are manipulated, misplaced, and reinvented in an age of globalization and longing for authenticity. In addition to landscape painting history, my work is concerned with how to negotiate my own desires and concerns in an age where we can travel anywhere for a price and many of the best landscapes are quickly disappearing due to the warming of the planet.

Embracing that I will always be an outsider and a tourist, I use this persona as a device to when gathering my information during my travel. These reference materials are later used to create paintings in the studio that explore the role we all have in these misguided fantasies of exoticism and otherness through my own memories, dreams, and misunderstandings of place and other cultures. Instead of a handful of paintings around a place or idea, I am making a whole series that I consider snippets that together start telling a story of the place. The paintings are highly influenced by the hyper-colored quality of advertising and CGI. They go in and out of flatness, the land festers with neon spray paint, dripping paint emphasizes the flatness of the image so that the paintings call attention to their own artificiality. However, I am looking for a space that can only exist inside of a painting. A Landscape where deep space can exist next to something flat and the two oppositions will fight and enhance one another at the same time. The paint dripped haphazardly onto the landscape, sanding the landscape, spray painting the landscape, all work to both destroy the desire of the idyllic place but also knit into the fabric of the painting to create texture and atmosphere for a believable space. The end result is a place that is lush, super saturated, and alluring but also slightly subversive and repulsive.

Artist Bio / CV

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2013 Colonies, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2012 Utopia, Art Lab 111, Minneapolis, MN

2011 Utopian Hideaways for the Jet-Setter, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR Jet-setter Hideaway: The Utopian Propaganda, Soo Visual  Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2010 Throwaway Utopia, Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN Scenes from Utopia, Common Roots Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Group Exhibitions

2013 2012/2013 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists Exhibition, Minneapolis College  of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2012 Get Lucky, Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2011 5 Year Anniversary Show, Breeze Block Gallery,  Portland, OR

ART FORM 1040:MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!,Fox  Tax Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2010 The Visual Craze, Coffman Gallery, Minneapolis, MN  Utopalypse, Yes.Oui.Si Space, Boston, MA

Foot in the Door, MAEP Gallery Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Sketchbook Project, Art House Gallery, Brooklyn,  NY; traveling to Museum of Contemporary Art,  Washington DC; Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA;  Antena Gallery, Chicago, IL; Souland Art Market, St. Louis, MO; 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY; Museum of  Design Atlanta, Atlanta GA; Chicago Art Source  Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 Paradigm Shift, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 Awards

2013 Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts  Board

2012 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for   Emerging Artists

2006 Vanderlip Travel Grant, Minneapolis College of Art  and Design

2001 Allis Foundation Merit Scholarship, Minneapolis  College of Art and Design

Education

2005 Bachelor of Fine Art, Minneapolis College of Artand  Design Minneapolis, MN

Residencies

2010 Art of This, Minneapolis, MN

Collections

Microsoft Corporation

Target Corporation