Mélois, Hommages & Dommages

01/14/2011 - 02/25/2011
opening 01/13/2011

Press release

The Galerie Messine presents a group of sculptures, with their preparatory drawings, by the artist Melois, dated from 1974 to 2010.

The exhibited works are part of the series 'Hommages et Dommages' (Tributes and Damages). Tributes to the artists Bruehgel, Cezanne, Courbet, Goya, Morandi, Picasso, Schiele, Soutine, Toulouse-Lautrec, Ucello and Van Gogh. Melois extracts from a painting a character inscribed in the collective subconcsious to bring it to life in a sculpture. The Damages are born from reflexions on our contemporary world or on historical events. Melois describes them as his 'events'. The artist's self-portrait 'Tüchtig' ('worker' in German) will also be displayed.

Melois' characters are made of enameled sheet metal, through a unique process and welding technique. The artist starts with a drawing to create to metallic boning of his subjects, in which he places a symbolic heart. Then begins an astonishing construction game with the shapes and colours of the enameled metal sheet. He recycles materials -pans, ladels, sivs, funnels and othe every day objects- cuts them, heats them up and welds them to form the figure. Then follow the mastic, sanding, and some color retouching on the enameled paint damaged by the welding. The artist also uses bronze, to which he gives color.