The Front Room Presents:
March 4th - April 10th
Reception: Friday, March 4th, 7-9
Hours: Fri-Sun 1-6
Front Room is pleased to present fifteen new works by Melissa Pokorny. These photo and sculpture-based assemblages range from small, singular wall mounted works to large-scale floor pieces comprised of multiple elements. Re-imagined common objects, ordinary materials used in unexpected ways, saturated colors, and textural extremes are a hallmark of her work.
Pokorny’s constructed systems and collective actions suggest something akin to speculative biomes, or psychological landscapes. Individual works are re-collections of moments: lived, imagined, and borrowed. They are experientially derived, suggesting layered relationships based on memories of place, material affinities, (un) natural phenomena, and the desires of things.
Odilon Redon referred to his oeuvre as an “ambiguous realm of the undetermined.” This work also favors undetermined spaces, and between-ness.
Pokorny’s new works, in this exhibition, negotiate ways of being, ways of knowing, and ways of looking. They are composed of multivalent shapes, engagements, relational entanglements, and collapsed temporalities.
Pokorny has been an exhibiting artist for over twenty years. Her large scale, assemblage-based sculptural works have been widely exhibited at venues across the US. Recent solo shows at Platform Gallery in Seattle and Front Room Gallery in New York augment a long career of solo exhibitions, beginning with Gallery Paule Anglim, in San Francisco and continuing with Bodybuilder and Sportsman in Chicago. Selected group
exhibitions include venues such as Yerba Buena Gardens, Southern Exposure, Victoria Room, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco, Foodhouse Gallery in Los Angeles, Gallery 400, Columbia College,The James Hotel, and Devening Projects +Editions in Chicago, and The Richard Peeler Art Center at Depauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana. Her work is held in collections at Orange County Museum of Art, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Richard L. Nelson Museum at UC Davis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Richard Peeler Art Center at Depauw University.