ROBERT MELEE | Untitled

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Andrew Kreps Gallery
ROBERT MELEE
Untitled, 2018
Aluminum and 23 karat gold leaf, enamel, plaster, bottle caps on wood
32 x 24 x 2 1/2 in.

$20,000

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The artist

CATALOGUE NOTE
Robert Melee's series of Bottlecap paintings bridge the gap between the high and low evoking simultaneously a craft-based in what’s discarded, and the seductive, hi-gloss surfaces of painting’s history. First nailing caps from beer bottles onto a plywood support, they are then coated in plaster, and painted in enamel. Further embellished with 23 carat gold and aluminum leaf, the works are both formal and sociological, conflicting, and ridiculous, furthering a relationship between embellishment and the absurd that is seen throughout Melee’s work.

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