Douglas Melini, Returning to the Sky, 2016, Acrylic on canvas with hand painted frame, 25 3/8 x 21 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches

Design, Rhythm & Geometry in Abstraction: A Panel Discussion
Moderated by Matthew Deleget
With presentations by John Crawford, Christopher French, Douglas Melini & Melissa Meyer
Dorksy Gallery Curatorial Programs
11-03 45th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sunday, November 13, 3:00–4:30pm
Seating will be limited: RSVP 718-937-6317 or

In conjunction with our current exhibition, Confluence/Influence: Mingei in Contemporary Abstraction curated by Bridget Donlon, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs is pleased to present:

Design, Rhythm & Geometry in Abstraction
A Panel Discussion moderated by Matthew Deleget with presentations by John Crawford, Christopher French, Douglas Melini & Melissa Meyer

Among the foundational principles of Mingei, a Japanese folk art movement started in the 1920’s, is the adherence to simple, straightforward design concepts. The artists on this panel all employ specific design structures in their work that vary from geometric to rhythmically lyrical. The panelists will discuss their own works in the show with regards to design and how the concepts behind Mingei play a role in their thinking.

Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, and arts worker. Matthew has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Additional museum exhibitions include MoMA/P.S.1 (Long Island City, NY); Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY); Herbert F. Johnson Museum (Ithaca, NY); Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL); and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Indianapolis, IN). In 2003, Matthew co-founded MINUS SPACE (, a gallery based in Brooklyn, NY, specializing in contemporary reductive abstract art, and represents pioneering emerging and established artists and estates from the United States, Europe, South America, and Australasia. He holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in Art and German from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN. He is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Matthew lives with his wife, artist Rossana Martinez and son Mateo in Brooklyn, NY.

John Crawford (b. 1953, New York) received his BFA from RISD in 1975. He moved to Tuscany, Italy in 1976, where he apprenticed at a 17th century blacksmith shop until 1986, exchanging labor for use of the forge to make sculpture, and for training to make traditional farm tools. The unpretentious beauty of the shovels, hoes, and axes he learned to make became one of the most important underpinnings for his work from that time to the present. Crawford returned to NYC in 1986 and built a studio where he continues to work with metal using forging and machining processes. Exhibitions include solo shows at the Queens College Art Center, NY and the Sculpture Center, NY. Crawford has also been commissioned to create public works for Amherst College, MA and Queens College, NY. Honors include a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (1977). The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York.

Christopher French (b. 1957, St. Louis) grew up in Sacramento, receiving his BA from the University of California, Davis. After graduation he focused on performance, joining the Royal Lichtenstein 1⁄4 Ring Circus for a yearlong tour. Resettling in Oakland, he returned to painting, working in a representational style. French’s approach to painting changed when, after moving to New York, he found a book of Braille paper on the street. “At first only the vigorous textures of the paper caught my eye, but I quickly became fascinated with the textual as well as the textural potential of my materials.” For more than a decade he used Braille paper to create abstractions that simultaneously connote harmony and contradiction by balancing the immediacy of sight with the tactility of touch. More recently, his paintings construct intricate compositions based on the diverse beauty of natural patterns and systems. French’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and abroad. Museum collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Hirshhorn Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art, and Weatherspoon Museum. French has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County. In 1996 he spent 6 months working in Paris on a Cité Internationale des Arts Residency. French is also an art critic, curator, and teacher. His criticism and social commentary has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, ART- news, Flash Art, Art Papers, The Journal of Art, and other publications. He has authored or contributed essays to numerous monographs and exhibition catalogues, and is a past president of the United States chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He currently lives and works in Long Island, New York.

Douglas Melini (b. 1972) was educated at CalArts (MFA), Santa Clarita, CA and University of Maryland, College Park, MD; he currently lives and works in both Brooklyn and New Jersey. Melini’s previous solo exhibitions include 11R Gallery, NY, Feature Inc., NY; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and a White Room at White Columns, NY. Douglas Melini is represented by 11R gallery in NYC.

Melissa Meyer’s development has been surveyed in two traveling exhibitions—one originated at the New York Studio School and the second at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Her works have been included recently in group exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, New York; Texas Gallery, Houston; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York; the Fiterman Art Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the National Academy of Design in New York, an organization of which she is a member. She has completed public commissions in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum, the McNay Art Museum and many other public and private collections across the United States. Meyer was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She is a frequent artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and worked at the MacDowell Colony for the first time in 2012. A dialogue between Meyer and art historian Stephanie Buhmann is included in a new book of interviews with contemporary women artists, New York Studio Conversations, published by The Greenbox. August 2016 she was in residence at the Bau Institute of Camargo, France. She is represented in New York by the Lennon Weinberg gallery.

Douglas Melini
Returning to the Sky, 2016
Acrylic on canvas with hand painted frame
25 3/8 x 21 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches

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