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Melissa Zexter
updated: 08/07/2009
website: www.melissazexter.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Ice Queen
Heath Ledger Found Naked
Beauty Queens
Heath Ledger Found Naked (Back)
Hill Fire
Hill Fire (back)
A-Rod
A-Rod (detail)
Maniac's Secret
Heath's final Hours
Lindsay Lohan Stole My Coat
13 Hours of Hell
Brangelina
Plane in Water
Heath's Final Hours (back)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gender/sexuality, memory, pattern, childhood, portraiture, autobiographical, consumer culture, documentary, figurative, humor
 
 
Ice Queen by Melissa Zexter
Ice Queen
thread, silver gelatin print
2007
20" x  24" 
Heath Ledger Found Naked by Melissa Zexter
Heath Ledger Found Naked
thread, silver gelatin print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Beauty Queens by Melissa Zexter
Beauty Queens
Thread, C-print
2006
20" x  24" 
Heath Ledger Found Naked (Back) by Melissa Zexter
Heath Ledger Found Naked (Back)
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Hill Fire by Melissa Zexter
Hill Fire
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Hill Fire (back) by Melissa Zexter
Hill Fire (back)
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
A-Rod by Melissa Zexter
A-Rod
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
A-Rod (detail) by Melissa Zexter
A-Rod (detail)
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Maniac's Secret by Melissa Zexter
Maniac's Secret
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Heath's final Hours by Melissa Zexter
Heath's final Hours
Thread, Silver Gelatin print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Lindsay Lohan Stole My Coat by Melissa Zexter
Lindsay Lohan Stole My Coat
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
13 Hours of Hell by Melissa Zexter
13 Hours of Hell
Thread, Ink. Silver Geelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Brangelina by Melissa Zexter
Brangelina
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Plane in Water by Melissa Zexter
Plane in Water
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 
Heath's Final Hours (back) by Melissa Zexter
Heath's Final Hours (back)
Thread, Silver Gelatin Print
2009
20 " x  24 " 

Artist Statement
I use an older art form, embroidery, refracted through a modern one, photography, to create structured images that are embodiments of both fragmentation and focused concentration.  I have done many photographic portraits in which intricate maps (state, bus, and city maps) and other patterns have been carefully hand embroidered directly onto black and white photographs. The sewn patterns are textured drawings that provide another dimension to the photographs.


Currently I am using these techniques (photography and hand sewing) to manually
reproduce with thread the covers of New York City newspapers (mostly the New York Post and The Daily News) directly onto black and white photographs that I have taken.  Outrageous headlines about current affairs, celebrity antics, sports news and the latest lottery winners reveal the state of our country today.  I have chosen to focus on reproducing these newspapers because newspapers are usually looked at during a subway ride and then tossed away.  By reproducing the newspaper into a painstakingly made art object, viewers look closer at headlines, which reveal societal priorities.  I consider these to be modern samplers that are reflective of the public’s concerns of the day.

Artist Bio / CV

MELISSA ZEXTER                         
TEL: 718-858-6569           
E-MAIL:MZexter@aol.com   
www.melissazexter.com


EDUCATION

RISD - BFA Photography       

NYU/ICP - MFA Photography


ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2008        EDITS: MELISSA ZEXTER AND PAT SHANNON,  Hallspace Gallery , Boston, MA
2004        Hallspace (Project Room), Boston, MA
2003        Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
2002        Hallspace Gallery (Project Room), Boston, MA
2000        Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA
1996        McKinney Arts, New York, NY
       
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009        WAVES OF CHANGE, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, NY
2008        ENVIRONMENT,  Harrington Arts, San Francisco, CA
2007    PHOTOGRAPHY AND CONTEMPORARY TACTICS, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
2006        PLAY!, Lillstreet Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
        20 YEARS IN, International Center of Photography, NY, NY
        WINTER SALON, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2005        GIRL MEMORIES, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        PROJECT DIVERSITY , Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
        PORTRAIT, Kleinart James Gallery, Woodstock, NY
2004        UNTITLED, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
2003        PHOTOGRAPHY PLUS, Hallspace Gallery, Boston, MA
TWO PERSON EXHBITION: MELISSA ZEXTER AND JONI STERNBACH, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
2002        WATER, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
        LESS THAN ONE, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
LOVE SHACK, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn,  NY
        BAND OF OUTSIDERS, Hallspace, Boston, MA
        UNCOMFORTABLE, Ruby Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001        SMILE, HERE ART, New York, NY
        TALKING HEADS, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY
        PICTURES IN AN EXHIBITION, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
        WHAT IS LEFT WHEN IT IS GONE, 16 Beaver Group, New York, NY
           FACULTY SHOW, Berrie Art Center, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
2000        A.I.M ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION,  Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY    
        RECESS, Kenise Barnes Fine Arts, Larchmont, NY
        INTERIOR NATURE, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
        BYRDCLIFFE, Kleinart James Gallery, Woodstock, NY
        TRIGGER HAPPY, Mascot Studio, New York, NY
        COOPER UNION FACULTY EXHIBITION, Cooper Union, New York, NY
1999        WALL PAPER, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY