Melanie Mowinski

Downstreet Art sits down with long-time DownStreet Art collaborator Melanie Mowinski to talk about her new exhibition Wayfinding at MCLA Gallery 51 – extended through September 25.

27835269693_6fb14f6c89_zWayfinding is about trusting the way and understanding the many paths to get to the same destination literally and figuratively. Through installation, letterpress, book arts and collage, artist Melanie Mowinski presents an investigation of the motivations behind the paths taken in life. Much of the work in this exhibition was created during her recent sabbatical which took her to residencies in Venice, Italy at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica,  as an artist­-in-­residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City and traveled to Memphis, Chicago, Clarksdale, Miami and New York City. In each of these cities or towns, she tracked her walks and wayfinding with a combination of data from electronic devices, drawings and writings. This information became the source for many of the drawings and artist books in “Wayfinding.”

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Melanie also founded Press: letterpress as a Public Art Project a downstreet art gallery for 5 years and is an Associate Professor of Art at MCLA.