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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibition
K Contemporary
1412 Wazee Street, Denver, CO 80202
Exhibit Dates
: September 7 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6 – 9 pm
Open Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12:00-6:00pm or by appointment
In her latest body of work, Melissa Furness depicts compilations of objects commonly used within the history of painting as a critique of the traditional Western canon of art. Furness extracts common elements from their original sources and recontextualizes them as a collected pile, like rubbish, to visually discard as cliché rather than to individually revere. Her subject matter depicts collections of items that were repeated motifs of their day, representing ideals of opulence, beauty and knowledge. In Furness’ opinion, “This canon reflects a bias in favor of art by those who have occupied the most socially, politically, and economically powerful positions in culture.”

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Solo Exhibition
Catalyst RiNo
3513 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Exhibit Dates: August 1 – September 28, 2019
Open Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Stop by the Catalyst building in the Denver RiNo district to view a selection of early works by Melissa Furness, never before shown in the Denver metro area. In this work, I look to express a transformation of the identity of a separate self into a moving and melding form that becomes one with place, space, and experience–both imagined and real. It is this translation of “bodily” experiences that comes forth in my work through the metaphoric qualities of water and the ritual aspects of cleansing, rebirthing into new forms.