2009

COMMA 11

Melissa Marks


Exhibition Dates: 10 – 26 September 2009
Melissa Marks’ works take the form of drawings, paintings, large-scale wall-drawing installations and animations. Often executed on a grand scale her work reveals her fascination for epic narratives, comic book illustration and the performative quality of painting and drawing. Since 1993, she has continuously developed a body of work based on a central character named ‘Volitia’ (as in volition). Part Superman, part Eve – Volitia is a narrative force that has been driving Marks’ oeuvre.

For her new commission at Bloomberg SPACE, Marks took over the rear gallery, investigating the spatial quality of the balcony area to present the latest installment in her adventure cycle – Adventures of Volitia: Expulsion from Paradise. She exploited a unique opportunity for her circular, abstract storytelling and combined eleven large, full-colour framed drawings with extensive double-height, black and white wall drawing forming a frieze around the atrium. In a representation of “The Fall” the lines of the drawing ran along the walls, ascending and descending, floating and crashing, mimicking the speed and movement of rushing water.

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About: Melissa Marks
(b. New York City 1965) lives and works in New York City.

About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.