Melissa McGill’s inaugural exhibition, Breathing Spaces, opens September 20, 2017, at Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy. The exhibition will feature two recent projects: 100 Breaths, the ephemeral light-responsive series of 100 drawings, and The Campi, the sculptural sound project, which was originally presented at three iconic locations in Venice, coinciding with the opening of La Bienniale di Venezia 57th International Art Exhibition. Breathing Spaces focuses on Melissa McGill’s interdisciplinary process, primarily incorporating drawing, sculpture, and sound, to create a visual dialogue between what is visible and what is invisible, and bring to light the lost, hidden, overlooked and ephemeral.
For the exhibition at Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, the visitor enters the first room and is surrounded by 100 luminous drawings from the series 100 Breaths (2016). Each drawing was created by the artist’s own breath, blowing metal dust suspended in varnish to create drawings that refer to both geography and the body. The gold, copper and silver forms are highly responsive to ambient light and change throughout the day, as the light changes in the room. The ephemeral works flare up and soften as the viewer moves through the space at different times of the day, creating a unique and changeable experience each time.
The second room presents a new interpretation of The Campi featuring prints and audio emitting from four elegant black lacquered wooden boxes, reminiscent of music boxes, each created in the shape of the campo in Venice where the sounds were captured. The Campo boxes play one by one, simulating an experience of walking through Venice, and exploring the conversation between the visible and the invisible that defines public space. By isolating the aural experience of place, the artwork captures the subtle the nuances of daily Venetian life – the snippets of conversation between neighbors, calls from passing working boats and gondoliers, children playing, footsteps in a walking city where sound is reflected on stone free from the din of traffic. invoking daily life in the different neighborhoods. The Campi was originally presented in Venice, curated by Chiara Spangaro and sponsored by Magazzino, at Carlo Scarpa’s Casa/Studio Scatturin, Ca’ Tron, and Giorgio Mastinu Fine Art.
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artista / artist: Melissa McGill
titolo / title: Breathing Spaces
con un testo di / text by: Agata Polizzi
inaugurazione / opening: mercoledì 20 Settembre 2017, ore 18.00
durata / length: 21 Settembre – 11 Novembre 2017
Grazie a Marie Claire e Adelaide Corbetta!
“At Casa Scatturin, which is an office and apartment designed by Carlo Scarpa, I met Melissa McGill who, collaborating with curator Chiara Spangaro, exhibited The Campi a project dedicated to Venice. The American artist picked up sounds around some of the city’s public squares, photographed these spaces, mapped them and then went back to work on recordings that are now contained in sculptural sound boxes. Opening a Campo Box you are transferred into the middle of Venice, from any place you are. Because the sounds are unique to this city and the capacity to bring them elsewhere is unique to art.” Click here for full article. Photo by Adelaide Corbetta
Thank you Vogue and Eve MacSweeney!
“Another small but beautifully formed exhibition is “The Campi” by Melissa McGill. The New York–based artist, who lived for a time in Venice, has crafted a small edition of mahogany boxes in the irregular shapes of three of the city’s “squares” (campi), chosen for being part of Venetians’ everyday life rather than tourist spots. Like tiny grand pianos, the boxes open to produce the recorded sounds and voices of each space, released like birds into the air—the perfect repository for memories of this infinitely fascinating destination.”
Read the full article here. Photo by Luca Marella.
The Campi will be exhibited in Venice May 9th to 14, 2017, coinciding with the opening of La Bienniale di Venezia-57th International Art Exhibition.
The Campi is a sculptural sound project that invokes daily life in the Venetian Campo (public city square), exploring the conversation between the visible and the invisible that defines public space.
The project will be presented at exclusive (art and architecture) locations throughout Venice, creating an opportunity to explore hidden gems in the city.
For more information, go to thecampi.eu
Constellation Boat Tours begin May 7, 2016. For schedules and details click here for information.
Beginning in June 2015, a new constellation has been rising nightly above a small island in the middle of the Hudson River, fifty miles north of New York City. Every evening as the sun goes down, starry points of light emerge one by one with the stars of the night sky above the Bannerman’s Castle ruin on Pollepel Island in Melissa McGill’s light-based public art project.
Constellation, the book, accompanies this mysterious and sublime installation, both as an extension and artifact of the project. The book is a visual and literary dialogue between artist Melissa McGill and several celebrated writers and poets, using the artwork as a springboard for inspiration and collaboration.
By: Melissa McGill (Artist), Sam Anderson (Contributor), Tracy K. Smith (Contributor), Richard Blanco (Contributor), Hadrien Coumans (Contributor), Joe Baker (Contributor), Edwin Torres (Contributor), Jeffrey Yang (Contributor)
Very happy to announce that the Constellation book, published byPrinceton Architectural Press is coming out in October! Join us for a special event to celebrate under the stars, presented by the Sunset Reading Series! (space is limited- book early!)
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Follow this link to hear the interview recorded on location with Sarah LaDuke and WAMC: http://wamc.org/post/seventeen-stars-added-multitudes-melissa-mcgills-constellation
Thank you to Ted Loos, Todd Heisler and The New York Times!
I will be leading my LAST “Artist’s Tour” of “PALMAS”, my surround sound installation at Manitoga, on October 11th at 4pm.
Hope to see you there!
“Palmas is a site-specific surround sound installation by artist Melissa McGill that engages Manitoga’s Quarry Pool and encircling path. The work takes its name from the improvised, rhythmic clapping that is an integral part of Flamenco. McGill’s exploration of absence and presence, accents and pauses enlivens the landscape, playing the Quarry Pool like an instrument….Experience Palmas as you explore Manitoga’s Upper and Lower Quarry Pool paths and discover hidden moments with McGill. House and Studio visit included. “
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What an amazing turnout today at Manitoga for my “Palmas” project featuring the lovely Sol “La Argentinita”, Cristian Puig, Barbara Martinez, Isabel del Dia, and Peter Basil Bogdanos! Thanks to all who came! Olé!
Artist Melissa McGill invites Flamenco y Sol Ensemble to collaborate and create “Palmas” – a site specific project at Manitoga with live music, song and dance. Flamenco y Sol Ensemble consists of Artistic Director Sol “La Argentinita”, baile-dance/cante-song; Music Director Cristian Puig, cante/toque-guitar; Peter Basil Bogdanos, percussion; Isabel del Dia, baile; and Barbara Martinez, baile/cante.
Manitoga’s central Quarry Pool forms a natural amphitheater where moss-covered alcoves, rock ledges and tranquil waters will come to life with exhilarating music, song, and dance. Performers will enliven the water’s edge upon a temporary stage at the base of Manitoga’s waterfall and seemingly float on water from a central pier. Around the Quarry rim, specially designed resonant boxes will serve as acoustic platforms for Flamenco’s signature clapping and footwork, turning the central Quarry into an instrument of sound and human interaction.
“The sculptural quality of sound followed by its palpable absence enhances the experience and intimacy with nature, building upon Russel Wright’s original intention at Manitoga,” explains McGill. Palmas animates and activates the site aurally to invite a heightened sense of awareness of Manitoga’s landscape – its natural richness.
In naming the property Manitoga, Wright borrowed native Algonquin words meaning “place of great spirit”. At Manitoga, Flamenco’s duende – its spirit of evocation and heightened sense of emotion – finds a perfect home.