Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Melissa Dunn @ Material, February 23- March 23

In My Yard, acrylic on canvas, 2006

For immediate release:
February 21, 2007

Contact: Hamlett Dobbins, 901.219.1943, or Melissa Dunn, 901.276.9691 or

Material is excited to announce its second exhibition of the 2007 season: Melissa Dunn: Foster Avenue Paintings

Foster Avenue Paintings will run from February 23rd to March 23rd.

The opening reception for Melissa Dunn: Foster Avenue Paintings will be on Friday, February 23rd from 6-8 pm.

This is the second exhibition for Melissa Dunn at Material. Hers was the inaugural exhibition at the space in December 2004. For years in the late nineties Dunn maintained a studio at Marshall Arts. Five years ago she moved her studio and began painting in her home. The paintings for her last show at Material, 38 N McLean Paintings, were made in her small studio in her apartment on North McLean. The new batch of paintings feel more open, reflecting her larger, brighter studio space at her home where she has quietly and diligently worked for a little over two years now. Dunn’s work has been featured in local shows at Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, Otherlands, and Plan B Gallery as well as an exhibition in Regensburg, Germany.

About the show Dunn commented that this show is building on the last show she had at Material. It’s a deeper exploration of abstraction in all its parts: subject, place, color, form and composition. “I feel like I could be working like this for another ten years and maybe then I'll get closer to success.”

Material is located at 2553 Broad Avenue, two doors west of the now defunct, but still world famous, Beer Joint. Parking is available on both the north and south sides of Broad Avenue.

Following the reception the exhibition will be open by appointment only by contacting the artist at 901.276.9691 or

image: Melissa Dunn, In My Yard, acrylic on canvas, 2006

See Commercial Appeal Review here.

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