School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Gallery
SCPS Gallery, Pratt Manhattan Center, 2nd floor
Gallery Hours: 10 AM-6 PM, Monday–Friday; 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday and Sunday
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) Gallery serves the interests of the Pratt community and the general public by mounting fine art exhibitions and public programs throughout the year.
The primary purpose of the SCPS Gallery is to showcase the technical and artistic excellence of the Institute’s faculty and students and provide opportunities for informal public conversations around subjects offered by the SCPS Program, current events, and ideas of intellectual and social interest.
For further information about the Gallery, please contact Program Director, Suzanne de Vegh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MELISSA STAIGER – IN THE FOUNTAIN
May 28-June 30, 2019
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 28, 6-8pm
Surface/Reflection, 2018, collage on paper, 15 x 11 inches
I work with various materials that vary greatly in scale and construction. Consistently you will see bold color, texture, gesture that holds sensitivity and harmony among its parts. Collage and assemblage are key mediums that guide my playful process of seeing the possibilities before making a choice of composition.
Moving paint around is a sensual experience for me. The marks that I make in the form organic shapes and curves are painted to express a constant state of flow. Color is a potent expression and medicine.
In 2013, I was nominated to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency. The staff graciously took us to the massive metal scrap yard where Rauschenberg would find materials for his works. I started playing with scraps that I hadn’t thought of using before. A green metal piece became a major key player in my understanding on how found objects can give the surface of a painting so much 3D texture. This put me on a path of creating many assemblages with various materials.
All of these experiences I took back to the studio and my work. Combining physical objects with paint adds another dimension to my art. From the most expensive tubes of paint to a broken tile found on the floor, both hold an energy and vibration of color. I carefully arrange objects, shapes, lines, and colors. I pay attention to the relationships, patterns, and shifts of movement. I arrange them in my works and play around with it.
I need time to immerse, experiment, listen, and draw in my sketchbook to push my work further. In this creative process, I control what I produce and can deem myself authentic as the creator. In my creative process, circles, mark making, collage, painting, assemblage, and texturizing are taking me to a path of color, structure, and layering. I love the hard edge, and making marks and using color as the structure in my work opens up a glimpse of understanding that I crave within my inner self. When I am able to use my entire body and make sweeping marks on the floor, I am reaching for a composition to form. Then suddenly, the work feels right and then I have a moment of accomplishment right before I release it into the world.”
– Melissa Staiger
Images: Surface/Reflection, 2018, collage on paper, 15 x 11 inches (top); IN the fountain #3, 2017, collage on paper, 15 x 11 inches (middle) ; IN the fountain #4, 2017, collage on paper, 15 x 11 inches (bottom)