Gray Contemporary presents Monique Lacey: "Puffery" and Mel DeWees: "Stacks" opening reception
Monique Lacey is a New Zealand-based artist whose work addresses the notion that if a painting is a bounded volume, how can the skin or surface of that painting reveal or disguise its structure and what it contains. "Puffery" manifests itself in the production of hollow, rectilinear-cuboid-forms, which present themselves as support and surface. The relationship between the front-facing plane and the sides of the work can challenge the traditional conventions of painting when the proportional relationships of scale are reconfigured.
Mel DeWees' Stacks explores the reductive manifestation of formal issues such as texture, form, shape and composition as well as the questions associated with object painting. The coloration of these objects are produced by the use of gold dry pigment and resin, while structurally they are made of plywood. Her interest lies more in the study of materiality than painting.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display until May 4.