Melissa Pokorny

Photo courtesy The Transmission Gallery

Photo courtesy The Transmission Gallery

Melissa Pokorny is fascinated with the “thingness” of things and the improbable relationships they can have to each other. Resin dogs, songbirds, and ersatz rocaille décor gathered from hobby stores, internet collectible sites, and estate sales are arranged with digitally rendered, photo-collaged architectural elements eliciting memories of spaces. The artist has culled, collected, repurposed these found objects and images of remembered spaces putting them into a close conversation to suggest kitschy symbolism and whimsically mythic associations. Using the strategies of still life composition and tableau vivant painting, Pokorny's work explores the arbitrary, the inappropriate, and the accidental while evoking a wry sense of melancholy.

My small scale wall works feature aluminum mounted, hand cut photographs shot at night in my garden. These are combined with cast or handmade hooks and found objects to create erotically charged narratives that address the entanglement of desire, utility, and fantasy.

Melissa’s work has been shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Her work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Orange County Art Museum. Her work was included in group show Unnatural Presence, Elles / Platform, and My Darkest LIght Will Shine at Platform where she has also had two solo shows. Melissa lives, works, and and teaches at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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Foxes 2015, inkjet on aluminum, gaffers tape, glazed ceramic, felt, vinyl and found objects, 17 x 20 x 4 inches

 
 
 
 

Ghost 2015, inkjet on aluminum, vinyl, polyurethane, found object, magnet, 8 x 9 x 4 inches 

 

From the Kindred Subjects series

“The works in this series are made up of elements found in my larger bodies of work. They are all related, each having to do with place, memory, the known, and easily accessible, as well as things that are hidden. The idea of wonder, the making of meaning, and ways of knowing the world are threads that connect these kin.”

 
 
 
 

Kindred Subjects (Axolotl) 2017, inkjet print on aluminum, aluminum wore, epoxy, nylon cord, vinyl, vintage British cigarette card, 30 x 24 x 8 inches

 
 

Kindred Subjects (Float) 2017, inkjet print on aluminum, aluminum wire, epoxy, ironing board fabric, vinyl, polyurethane, grommets, lanyards, nylon cord, 40 x 22 x 12 inches

 
 
 
 

Kindred Subjects (Float II) 2017, inkjet print on aluminum, aluminum wire, epoxy, light reflective fabric, lanyards, grommets, vinyl, 58 x 20 x 12 inches

 
 

Kindred Subjects (Ermine) 2017, dye sublimation print on satin, ironing board fabric, grommets, vinyl, vintage British cigarette card, 33 x 18 inches

 
 

Kindred Subjects (Owl) 2017, inkjet print on aluminum, ceramic, lanyards, vintage British cigarette card, vinyl, 33 x 14 x 4 inches

 
 

Kindred Subjects (Budgie) 2017, inkjet print on aluminum, aluminum wire, epoxy, nylon cord, vinyl, vintage British cigarette card, 38 x 13 x 12 inches

 
 

Kindred Subjects (Wonder) 2017, inkjet print on aluminum, vinyl, gaffers tape, grommets, 40 x 21 x 10 inches