Robert Melee investigates the psychology of the everyday often incorporating cast-off, vividly colored quotidian items, photographs and paint. He points towards a melancholy specific to domestic space that is derived simultaneously from familiarity, decoration and otherness. Melee’s work continually draws attention to a paradox present every day all around us: a sense of isolation and decay that is built through a repeated attempt at opulence. Melee’s baroque, acid-hued environments queer notions of domesticity by blurring the line between high art and kitsch. The artist has even created a term for this, “Baloneyism,” referencing the aesthetics of suburban dysfunction as well as the ability to transform the common and ordinary into what he calls a “strange glamour and ridiculous beauty,” an outre, baroque vision Baudelairean lyricism, one that finds beauty in the grotesque and the obscene.
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