Dawn Mellor

 

26. November 2008  –  8. February 2009

Featuring artworks by:
Dawn Mellor

 

In her images Dawn Mellor (born 1970 in Manchester, lives and works in London) deconstructs the interactive structure of the cult of celebrity – which appears in our culture to have been elected as a substitute for religion – by means of black humour fabricating a relationship between star and his/her believer, the fan. In so doing the artist herself frequently takes the role of an obsessed follower. Through a frequently self-chosen “painterly” role Mellor destroys the moral codes communicated through mass entertainment vouching for a deliberated immorality. Whereby in the face of the obsessive image worlds the question is also continually asked about the actual standardised taste of the observer and its verification. Mellor’s painting style is simultaneously fed by surrealism, the colourfulness of Pop Art and the intentional bad taste of a Joe Coleman. In her first institutional presentation in Switzerland the painter is to exhibit amongst other works, the 120 part portrait cycle “Vile Affections” (2007–2008) as well as numerous new large-scale works, drawings and a wall painting.

 

Curated by Raphael Gygax

Dawn Mellor

Dawn Mellor:
Vile Affections (2007-2008)
Dawn Mellor

Vile Affections
2007-2008
Oil on canvas
130 parts: Dimensions variable

Dawn Mellor

Dawn Mellor:
Bloodbath Dorothy (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Bloodbath Dorothy
2008
Oil on canvas
275 x 340 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Abraham) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Abraham)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Brigitta) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Brigitta)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (David) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (David)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Isaak) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Isaak)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Judith) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Judith)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Dawn Mellor:
Buster Keaton (Lilith) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Lilith)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Magdalena) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Magdalena)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Dawn Mellor:
Buster Keaton (Rebecca) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Rebecca)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Ruth) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Ruth)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Sophie) (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Buster Keaton (Sophie)
2008
Pencil on paper
59 x 42 cm

Dawn Mellor

Grovelling Fakement of Dowry Butch Crystal (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Grovelling Fakement of Dowry Butch Crystal
2008
Oil on canvas
7 Teile: je 214 x 130 cm

Dawn Mellor

Dawn Mellor:
Hurricane Dorothy (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Hurricane Dorothy
2008
Oil on wall
437 x 1500 cm

Dawn Mellor

Dawn Mellor:
Pirate Dorothy (2008)
Dawn Mellor

Pirate Dorothy
2008
Oil on canvas
340 x 270 cm