Mel Prest, Rainbow Weather, 2019, wall drawing and acrylic on panels, 128 x 140 x 1 ⅝ inches.
Chandra Cerrito / Art Advisors is pleased to present Rainbow Weather by Mel Prest, the inaugural edition of our Commissioned Art Program, on view April 5 - May 24, 2019.
Mel Prest's work is inspired by naturally occurring light phenomena. Rainbow Weather, her new installation and one of her largest works to date, plays off moments of clarity, obscurity and high drama she sees in the sky. Rainbow Weather utilizes and expands on a series of 5 x 5 x 2" paintings on panel Prest made over the past few years, which have never been shown. Using these panels and their colors as a starting point, she created a large wall installation designed specifically for the space. The new work incorporates several different structures: single panels, grouping where colors and internal forms play off one another, and "ladder" shapes (28 panels hung in 2 parallel lines). Prest has composed clusters of seemingly monochrome panels, though most have their sides painted, and some have low contrast colors painted on the surface. Rainbow Weather also includes a hand-drawn wall painting in pale yellow that rests under the panels, shifting in visibility as viewers move around the piece. This is the first time Prest has shown a wall drawing and painting panels together as a single installation.
Victorian Box/ Mock Orange
was acquired by the Berkeley Museum of Art
was acquired by the Mills College Art Museum
Blue Morning Glory
was acquired by the Crocker Museum of Art
About Abstraction: Bay Area Women Painters
Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
September 24 - December 8
Political conversations have turned a renewed spotlight on women and their power and influence on every corner of society, including the arts. In the spirit of discovery, this show celebrates 16 Bay Area women artists, emerging and established, who have worked in abstraction for years. This show provides a platform for their work that features precise, powerful lines, as well as gestural patterns. These paintings suggest a kinship with the Abstract Expressionist movement of 1940s SoHo and San Francisco.
Participating Artists Include:
Lorene Anderson, Eva Bovenzi, Donna Brookman, Heather Day, Amy Ellingson, Linda Geary, Rebekah Goldstein, Danielle Lawrence, Naomie Kremer, Michelle Mansour, Alicia McCarthy, Mel Prest, Cornelia Schulz, Ema Sintamarian, Michele Theberge, Canan Tolon.
Off-Site Exhibition on view at:
1111 Broadway, Oakland Oakland CA 94607
curated by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary
On View Through September 29
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am-7pm and by appointment
I am thrilled to announce my solo show, COLOR CHANT, at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, in Oakland, opening 6 - 8 PM, August 7, 2015. The show runs until September 24, 2015 and will include an artist talk with Connie Goldman who has a concurrent show and Donna Napper, Curator at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.
My work is included in the show, Therely Bare Redux, curated by John Tallman, Iemke van Dijk and Guido Winkler, at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN. The show is installed now, and the artist reception is 6 - 9 PM, August 1, 2015. The show runs July 17- August 29, 2015.
(new) The show then travels to the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, at the University of Tennessee in Murray, later this fall and opening September 29.
I'm now a partner in the curatorial project Transmitter, located in Brooklyn, New York. Visit our site here
I've been accepted and will attend Willapa Bay Artist Residency in April 2015. I'm very excited for time to focus.
un.bound.ed, curated by Brent Hallard and Don Voisine, is installed at Root Division in San Francisco, California. The show is up until November 22, 2014, and there are a few limited edition box sets remaining. You can see installation views here
Please join us for the opening and events associated with DOPPLER SHIFT
Opening this Friday, 7-10PM, First/ Last, curated by Heather Phillips, (MFA '10 GD) NorCal RISD alum
Some new pieces are currently in Dallas with Galleri Urbane, if you are in town.