The Joseph Bellows Gallery presents exhibition of the black and white prints of Philip Melnick. This is the first solo show in Southern California in three decades for the artist. Melnick, who grew up in Los Angeles, demonstrates a keen eye for the character of its vernacular architecture and the distinctive look of its streets in his seminal work: the quirky confluence of a single parked car with a street facing wall and a fragmented apartment building; the intersection of street, fence and another non-descript apartment house. He isolates the intricate pattern of a wall, creating arresting fusions of everyday sights and geometric abstraction. He is drawn to the way the built environment and plant life converge curiously and sometimes jarringly. This same interest in the ways nature meets the built environment pervades pictures made in Twentynine Palms. Each depicts an expansive cloud filled sky hovering above a dwarfed built environment.
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