Mel Douglas: Out of Line
- When 15 Oct - 27 Nov 2022
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
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Mel Douglas explores the potential and flexibility of glass as a material for drawing. In her words, “objects and drawings are often thought of as two separate entities. My works explore and interweave the creative possibilities of this liminal space, where the form is not just a support for drawing; but a three-dimensional drawing itself. Using the unique properties of the material and the rich potential of mark-making on and with glass, I am using line to inform, define and enable three-dimensional space”.
This exhibition includes the installation Tonal value (1-9) 2019, which contemplates how objects can occupy and trace lines in space and the tonal transformations made possible through the viscosity of glass. Moving from opaline to soft greys and through to black, Tonal value (1-9) also represents a considered process of engraved mark-making. Also included is the new work Perception of Depth 2022, which experiments with geometry and perspective and the relationship of space, line and plane to create a third space, implying an area in between.
Presented with the support of Canberra Glassworks where Mel Douglas is a continuing studio artist.
In Conversation: Contemporary Glass
2.00pm 15 October 2023 | UNSW Galleries
During the United Nations International Year of Glass, we celebrate some of Australia’s most fascinating practitioners working with glass.
This panel discussion brings together Consuelo Cavaniglia, Mel Douglas, Liam Fleming and Louis Grant who each move between studio glass and interdisciplinary practice. Together with Aimee Frodsham, Artistic Director of Canberra Glassworks, the panel will reflect on glass making and the way their work facilitates exchanges between space, history, and architecture.
Banner and Tile Image: Mel Douglas, ‘Tonal value (1-9)’ 2019. Blown, cold worked and engraved glass. Image courtesy: the artist and Traver Gallery, Seattle
1. Mel Douglas, Lumen I & II 2022. Kiln formed and coldworked glass Private Collection. Photography: Jacquie Manning.
2. Installation view, ‘Mel Douglas: Out of Line,’ UNSW Galleries, 2022. Photography: Jacquie Manning.