June 11–July 3, 2016

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 11, 2016
6:00–9:00 PM

Carl & Sloan Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new photographs by Melanie Flood, titled Latent Desire. The show opens Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6–9pm and will run through July 3.

An object can be a touchstone to a memory.

But a memory is often a distortion of the original event. Every memory is a reinterpretation of the last recalling of the memory as if playing a long game of telephone with oneself. It becomes less and less authentic the more it is recalled as new fictional elements are added on to the original event. Over time, these added flourishes seem to reinforce the realness of the original event achieving a state of hyperreality.

A memory is further complicated when the object is translated through photography. The photograph becomes a signifier of an object, which is a signifier of a memory, which is already a detached signifier of a specific time and space worth remembering. These many layers of obfuscation begin calling into question the objective nature of photography and our own experiences.

Melanie Flood’s still-life arrangements resolve those many layers of obfuscation into one image. The photographs capture early 20th century hat forms made at Los Angeles’ oldest millinery. Their shapes seem familiar, but the manipulated photographs disrupt the desire to recall a clear memory of a past era through an otherwise mundane object. The process results in one unique final image—the vibrating layers of repetitive digital manipulations are not saved after printing, a reference to the ethereal nature of memory.

Latent Desire by Melanie Flood opens Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6–9pm and will run until July 3. For more information, please contact the gallery at 360.608.9746 or info [at] carlsloan.com


Melanie Flood

Melanie Flood (born 1979 Manhasset, New York) is an artist and curator based in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA (2001) in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a Contemporary Art Practice MFA (2017) candidate at Portland State University. Since 2008, she directs Melanie Flood Projects, which began as an artists’ salon located in her Brooklyn residence. In 2014, the gallery relaunched in downtown Portland, OR expanding its programming to include sculpture, sound installation and video.  Recent projects include Robert Rhee: Disambiguation, Please, Justin James Reed: Shining Bodies, Maria Antelman: A Non Existent Event, and the series Thinking through Photography, a survey of photographic practices highlighting experimental and diverse approaches in which artists work featuring Leif Anderson, Teresa Christiansen & Dru Donovan. Her projects have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, zingmagazine and Photo District News. A recipient of a Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant in 2014 for the photographic series Suggested Experiences, her work has been exhibited nationally.