Robert Melee

American, born 1966

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Robert Melee

American, born 1966

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Robert Melee, who describes the theme running through his work as “high gloss, psychological abstraction,” explores the psychology of American suburbia in his campy videos, photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances. He characterizes his output as: “Brave, baloneyism, contrasting, plastic, organic, camp, fearless, humorous, gay, surface, honest, fake.” Among his numerous neologisms, “baloneyism” refers to what he sees as the aesthetics of suburban dysfunction, the sexual, social, and emotional repression masked by comfortable domestic interiors centered on the television console. By incorporating domestic objects, and even his own mother, into his works and making them appear abject, he aims to reveal suburbia’s seamy underbelly. Inspired by Lynda Benglis, Melee is known for pouring garishly colored paint over his figures and objects, and for the marbleized surfaces of his re-created home interiors, which express the neuroses animating home life.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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