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MELANIE DANIEL

Late Bloomers

May 17 - June 23, 2018

Melanie Daniel, Guerilla Ice, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Guerilla Ice, 2018

Oil on canvas

48h x 48w in
121.92h x 121.92w cm

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Melanie Daniel, The New Gods, 2018

Melanie Daniel

The New Gods, 2018

Oil on canvas

33h x 30w in
83.82h x 76.20w cm

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Melanie Daniel, Hothouse Artist, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Hothouse Artist, 2018

Oil on canvas

48h x 48w in
121.92h x 121.92w cm

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Melanie Daniel, Rainbow Colony, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Rainbow Colony, 2018

Oil on canvas

35h x 35w in
88.90h x 88.90w cm

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Melanie Daniel, The Queen's Decree, 2018

Melanie Daniel

The Queen's Decree, 2018

Oil on canvas

48h x 44w in
121.92h x 111.76w cm

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Melanie Daniel, Goat Love in a Digital Age, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Goat Love in a Digital Age, 2018

Oil on canvas

54h x 48w in
137.16h x 121.92w cm

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Melanie Daniel, DIY Ranch, 2018

Melanie Daniel

DIY Ranch, 2018

Oil on canvas

24h x 19w in
60.96h x 48.26w cm

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Melanie Daniel, On This Starless Night, 2018

Melanie Daniel

On This Starless Night, 2018

Oil on canvas

24h x 19w in
60.96h x 48.26w cm

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Melanie Daniel, Little Eden, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Little Eden, 2018

Oil on canvas

36h x 26w in
91.44h x 66.04w cm

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Melanie Daniel, Pupa, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Pupa, 2018

Oil on canvas

24h x 20w in
60.96h x 50.80w cm

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Melanie Daniel, Pink Parodia Magnifica, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Pink Parodia Magnifica, 2018

Papier-mâché

22.50h x 6.50w x 6d in
57.15h x 16.51w x 15.24d cm

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Melanie Daniel, Shy Nadia, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Shy Nadia, 2018

Papier-mâché

22h x 6.50w x 4.50d in
55.88h x 16.51w x 11.43d cm

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Melanie Daniel, Inverted Capon, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Inverted Capon, 2018

Papier-mâché

26h x 8w x 7.50d in
66.04h x 20.32w x 19.05d cm

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Melanie Daniel, Yellow Bulbous Yucca, 2018

Melanie Daniel

Yellow Bulbous Yucca, 2018

Papier-mâché

29h x 13w x 5d in
73.66h x 33.02w x 12.70d cm

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Press Release

Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present “Late Bloomers”, the fourth solo exhibition of Melanie Daniel. With crowded narrative paintings in psychedelic teals and pinks, and papier-mâché sculptures of fantastical plants, the artist introduces us to a desolate sun-drenched paradise in the near future, where earnest characters try to reconnect with nature and rebuild their post-cataclysm world. Wistfully Luddite or charmingly naïve, these mostly young homesteaders go through digital detox, keep bees, garden, and perform nonsensical or futile functions, absurd yet poignantly necessary. The well-intentioned folk seem imbued with an overwrought sense of urgency that echoes our current exhaustion and malaise. And yet, Daniel celebrates their attempted resistance with lucid figuration, manically vibrating pattern, and giddy coloration with acidic overtones, belying the pathos underneath.

An androgynous figure sells artisanal ice cream while nearby a corporate ice cream truck burns, symbolic of an insurgent or guerilla activism, ineffectual and oddly humorous. A man meditates, surrounded by an elaborate water-recycling system, while beekeepers resemble space explorers on Mars. Whether reviving crafts or engaging with wildlife, the earnest youths populating Daniel’s paintings show the pervading duality of a disillusioned post-9-11 generation, rife with both utopian and dystopian narratives.

A series of sculptures with a DIY aesthetic suggests bizarre specimens collected from a greenhouse gone awry. Constructed by the denizens of this futurist world, they could also be an attempt at replicating or reviving the extinct, in a Mad Max post-apocalyptic sense of necessity. Has the environment become so wrecked that they rely on artificial plants and flowers? Faced with meager resources, these people recycle or invent what they can’t find – like the cow constructed by a young carpenter. In one painting, worshippers face enclosed pods of clustered animals and plants, suggesting a cult of desperate or confused souls. In Daniel’s imagination, we are never sure of what exactly is accomplished through these efforts, but her insistent style lends itself to their idealism.