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Robert Melee

Andrew Kreps Gallery

Channeling the spirits of Jackson Pollock and Martha Stewart, so he claims, Robert Melee drips and spatters enamel onto a variety of surfaces, usually linoleum, but sometimes the naked body of his mother. One of the more interesting artists to emerge from “Greater New York 2005” at P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and “Make it Now” at SculptureCenter, Melee is best known for trashily glamorous installations. At P. S. 1, he built an entertainment center out of faux wood paneling and old television sets, each of which showed a different video. In one, Marbleization of Mommy, 2002, Melee is shown dripping paint onto his mother’s torso while wearing a respirator. Yes, it is weird, but the performance is executed in such a matter-of-fact way that it also seems strangely natural.

For his third solo show at Andrew Kreps Gallery, Melee persisted with his signature painting technique (referred to as

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