Art at Morton College. Melody Saraniti

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Melody Saraniti received her BFA in Painting from Kent State University and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s exhibited at Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, IL; Hyde Park Art Center; Thomas Masters Gallery; Gallery 175 and Union League Club in Chicago, IL and has been awarded four Individual Artist Grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2013 she was an Artist in Residence at the South Logan Arts Coalition in Chicago, IL and has participated in other residencies including Ox-Bow in Sagatuk, Michigan and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. A review of her show at Thomas Masters Gallery can be found in the March 2013 issue of Art Ltd.

Melody’s work walks the line between cause and effect while deceiving the viewer with her signature faux drips. Saraniti’s pieces invite the viewer to study her process. From far away the work stands as groupings of stripped and colorful lines on the picture plane but at closer study, each mark reveals itself as a result of meticulous events. Here, you can watch Melody herself talk about her work in a video Team CG made last year for Melody’s show, Gravitational Pull, curated by Angela Bryant.

Artist Statement: At first, Saraniti’s exuberant paintings conjure up the ideas of Abstract Expressionist energy as she draws from an array of those established vocabularies of painting processes: pours, drips and dashing brushstrokes. However, Saraniti’s drips and splashes are not the chaotic results of a spontaneous hand; each “pour” and “drip” is a carefully calculated shape, the interiors of which have been repainted with bands of vibrant color or complex grids. In some cases, the same drip shape is repeated, further complicating their origin and adding humor to these lively and vigorous paintings. Saraniti’s work questions how different painterly gestures convey emotional energy and how a different meaning can evolve through opposing those forces and contradicting those elements.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Curated By Diana Gabriel

Located at 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL 60804 in Building C. First floor, across from the book store.

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