Press Release


On Thursday February 13th, Melissa McGill will open an exhibit of recent works at CRG Gallery. For her third solo exhibition at the gallery, McGill will show three large scale works including life-size cast porcelain sculptures, an installation of mirrored blown glass and a wall drawing of silicone rubber. This past summer, Melissa McGill was awarded a residency in the Arts/Industry program at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin where she worked with company artisans to cast the largest porcelain sculptures in the program’s history. McGill, who works in various media (rubber, glass, wax, porcelain) began casting the insides of porcelain figurines in 1995, translating folds, shadows, and negative spaces into more tangible forms, exploring the mysteries of and giving form to the unseen. Also on view will be a floor-installation of blown and mirrored glass entitled “Here and Now.” These mercury-like droplets ranging in size from 6 to 18 inches reflect and ricochet off one another everything that comes into their periphery. A wall drawing entitled “Shadow of Ecstasy” consists of wafer-thin black rubber forms adhered directly to the wall. The drawings are derived from a projected image of Bernini’s St. Theresa in Ecstasy. The black marks reference the shadows in the folds, the darkness, and inside spaces. Visual material is available upon request.