“Trail” follows a winding path through abstract painter Melissa Oresky’s growing visual language in works on paper and video. Along with nearly 40 painted collages, the exhibition premieres Oresky’s first work in animation (with sound design by Zak Boerger), setting in motion the layered structures common in her paintings, drawings, and collage work.
For nearly a decade, Melissa Oresky has been making works based in abstraction and landscape. Best known for her paintings, Oresky’s collaged drawings represent a dynamic aspect of her practice, blurring commonly perceived boundaries between natural and synthetic spaces and forms, and generating unexpected combinations of colors and textures. Often working in linked sequences and extended series of drawings, Oresky’s work suggests movement of the body within landscape. This interest has led to her work in animation, where the layered structures of her paintings come to life, eliciting in the viewer the sensation of walking through a collage. Here, as in her other works, geometric eruptions of landscape punctuate and define the image, presenting a central tension between the boundaries of the natural and artificial worlds.
Oresky is a Chicago-based visual artist known for her painterly explorations of modern landscapes. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of their series 12 x12: New Artists, New Work; The Elmhurst Art Museum; the Riverside Art Center; Van Harrison Gallery, NY; and ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA. She is Associate Professor of Art at Illinois State University, and a visiting artist lecturer at several national institutions. Oresky holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.