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MELISSA HUDDLESTON

Primordial Spring

June 22 – August 3, 2024

Melissa Huddleston Symbiogenesis, 2024

Melissa Huddleston
Symbiogenesis, 2024
Acrylic on paper
60 x 133 in  (152.4 x 337.8 cm)

Melissa Huddleston All nighter in the Mariana Trench, 2024

Melissa Huddleston
All nighter in the Mariana Trench, 2024
Acrylic on paper
60 x 43.187 in  (152.4 x 109.7 cm)

Melissa Huddleston Defeated Creek, TN, 2023

Melissa Huddleston
Defeated Creek, TN, 2023
Acrylic on paper
60 x 43.187 in  (152.4 x 109.7 cm)

Melissa Huddleston I'll Meet You at Loki's Castle, 2023

Melissa Huddleston
I'll Meet You at Loki's Castle, 2023
Acrylic and ink pencil on paper
60 x 90.375 in. with 4 in. space  (152.4 x 229.5 cm)
 

Melissa Huddleston Blue Corridor, 2024

Melissa Huddleston
Blue Corridor, 2024
Acrylic and ink-pencil on paper
44 x 33 in  (111.8 x 83.8 cm)

Melissa Huddleston Pink Lake, 2023

Melissa Huddleston
Pink Lake, 2023
Acrylic on paper
42.687 x 60 in  (108.4 x 152.4 cm)

Melissa Huddleston Purgatory River, 2023

Melissa Huddleston
Purgatory River, 2023
Acrylic on paper
43.25 x 59.5 in  (109.9 x 151.1 cm)

Melissa Huddleston Genetic Drift, 2024

Melissa Huddleston
Genetic Drift, 2024
Acrylic on paper
48 x 40 in  (121.9 x 101.6 cm)

Melissa Huddleston In the Fizz, 2024

Melissa Huddleston
In the Fizz, 2024
Acrylic on paper
38 x 28 in  (96.5 x 71.1 cm)

Melissa Huddleston Thermal Burst, 2024

Melissa Huddleston
Thermal Burst, 2024
Acrylic on paper
48 x 40 in  (121.9 x 101.6 cm)

Press Release

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce Melissa Huddleston: Primordial Spring, the Los Angeles artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, featuring a new body of paintings. The exhibition will be on view June 22 – August 3, 2024, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Huddleston’s series of paintings on paper immerse the viewer in a luminous, prehistoric swamp populated with single-celled organisms, imaginary archaic life forms, and humanoid amphibian figures. Seen in silhouette, the figures’ complex relationships hover at the edge of narrative. Not quite land, not quite sea, swamps and wetlands represent a mingling of ecologies, a crossing of worlds. Encounters happen in these places that don’t happen anywhere else. The imagery in the paintings teems with mutation, decay, sex, death, and the magnificent messiness of life.

The paintings in Primordial Spring utilize processes adapted from historic print and book arts techniques. Through an experimental monoprint-style method, paint is applied to the surface of a water bath, manipulated, and then transferred to paper. The resulting paintings are dense with organic activity, and buoyant swirls of colors floating with mysterious levity.

Paper marbling techniques are commonly associated with European scriptural arts, as well as the Japanese art of suminagashi. Huddleston’s interest in these processes is informed by revisionist feminist histories of these works on paper that have reassessed their former status as minor arts, craft, or ephemera. Her paintings boldly intersect aspects of these traditions with the idiom and scale of modernist abstract painting.

Melissa Huddleston (b.1981, Elm Springs, AR) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, where she studied painting. Huddleston works as an Assistant Conservator at the Getty Research Institute. Her solo exhibition The Beautician appeared at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive in 2016. Group exhibitions include Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California at the Craft Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, The Collectivists at the Brand Gallery and an artist residency at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Language of Landscape at the Annenberg Community Beach House, and ¡Dígame! at the Obracadobra Residency in Oaxaca, MX.

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