UNFINISHED MAN: Joseph Mele, Robert-Jean Ray & Lillian Almeida
July 24th – August 31st
Join us for the Opening Reception!
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Unfinished Man brings together the work of three artists, each of whom focuses on heads and faces although in radically divergent ways. The work ranges in scale from Robert-Jean Ray‘s micro collages, at 1 to 2 inches across, to a 48″ x 48″ Lillian Almeida latex painting, one of several from her Big Heads series. Along with Joseph Mele’s iconic pieces, these works can collectively be viewed as a metaphor for the transitory and unfinished nature of man.
Regarding Lillian Almeida’s paintings, Vicki Krohn Amorose, author of Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists, says:
“Lillian Almeida’s “Big Heads” offer a flip-chart of our own visual perception – the way we quickly assemble a human face, then disassemble the features into flecks of paint, then construct stories of mood, personality, and message. We wonder what compels us to understand each other and the flux of our lives and we return, always, to the power of paint. The work is assured and mysterious.”
Equally fascinating for the power packed into such fine scale are the micro-miniature collages of Robert-Jean Ray. Recently featured in Kolaj Magazine, Ray accumulates the bits and debris we leave strewn behind us as human beings moving about in the world. Assembling and transforming them with his own specific signature emblems, he draws our attention to the ways we are ever reassembling ourselves as we create and deconstruct advertising, objects and media without giving much thought to the implications of our own actions or the residue we trail behind us.
The third contributor to this assemblage is Joseph Mele, whose varied works are generated in an ongoing search for meaning and self. Often featuring mysterious and iconic faces, the works attest to the varying states of Man as observer, companion, guide or guardian to his own creation. Beneath the often enigmatic first impression these pieces exude a variety of subtle characteristics, inviting us to contemplate our various and changeable states. A sense of stoic suffering, benign amusement, mischievous wit or playful exuberance may emerge to accompany us on the journey. Mele’s own process, ever evolving in an engaging dance of expression, emotion and containment, is revealed in the work.
We exist in varying states of integration, coalescence and dissolution – unfinished, as these works attest.
– curator, TaVee McAllister Lee