Nigel Maister/Melinda Placko Closing Event

Nigel Maister/Melinda Placko Closing Event


When?

Start time: Thursday 5:30pm (17 August)
End time: Thursday 7:30pm (17 August)

Where?

Cleveland Print Room
2550 Superior Ave E, Cleveland

About

Double-Edged

Join us from 5:30 to 7:30pm for the gallery closing event of Double-Edged: The Work of Nigel Maister and Melinda Placko.

Nigel Maister is an artist and collector living in upstate New York. This show features diptychs from his series, tight.word.lit. Maister's work is centered on narrative: both implied and explicit; narrative that is manifested in emotional, formal, aesthetic, intuitive, and intellectual expression; and narrative as an evocation of action—in this case, photographic action.

The raw material for this body of work is found, snapshot photography. These images, largely from the 1980's and later—the last gasp of the analog snapshot—are generally overlooked in the current vogue for collecting vernacular photography. Such collecting has fetishized the snapshot as an art object. The world portrayed in these works is decidedly not our world, yet it speaks to us viscerally and immediately on some imaginative level.

Melinda Placko is a Cleveland artist and a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and she also has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work in this show features collage drawings made using the cyanotype photographic process. This series includes imagery as varied as anatomical drawing, rain, and roadways. Placko also incorporates text and vigorous mark-making into her pieces. Her richly colored landscapes often seem as though they are taken from a dream-like state of sleep. She discovers her finished work through a balanced process of intuitive selection and focused study.

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