January 30th – March 6th
Opening reception Saturday January 30th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
1879 Powell St. Vancouver BC
My paintings try to bring forth a feeling of foreboding, both within our memory and within our lives. Coupled with this sense of foreboding, I emphasize the inconsistency of emotions. Thus work lingers in between a place of darkness and one of playfulness, with the ability to both affect and evoke sensations. There is a dichotomy between the difficulty of comprehending the reality of the internal world and a reaction to the outside world’s fragility. Some of my paintings depict figures who are brought together by disparate objects or evocations that trail behind them, which brings forth themes of the home and the decorative, as well as problems arising from our world’s excessive fabrication and collection of material objects. I often depict figures which are part of their environment, they are invaded by there surroundings or forced to transform into the natural environment, they dissipate into the space they occupy, leaving behind a sinister trace of their former presence.
Melanie Rocan graduated in 2003 with a bachelor of fine arts honours degree from of the University of Manitoba. In 2005 she was selected for an exchange program with the Glasgow school of Art, in Scotland and in 2008 she completed her Masters of Fine Arts, at Concordia University, in Montreal. Since 2003 her work has been included in many exhibitions across Canada including a painting survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, in Toronto, a currated MFA exhibition at the Leonard & Bina Ellen gallery, in Montreal, Supernovas at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Young Winnipeg Artists at the Plug-In contemporary art gallery, in Winnipeg, as well as an RBC painting competition exhibition which traveled to galleries across Canada including the Contemporary Museum in Montreal and the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver.
*This exhibition opens in conjunction with Seems and Nieves Books launch including new publications by Jason McLean and Mark DeLong at Every Letter In The Alphabet, Geoffrey Farmer’s project space located at 1875 Powell St*