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Melissa Stern

Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure / Smart Clothes Gallery, New York

Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure exhibition Smart Clothes Gallery, New York

Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure / Smart Clothes Gallery, New York

Opening Reception: November 8, 6-9 PM.

Smart Clothes Gallery and its founder Paul Bridgewater are pleased to present “The Talking Cure,” by Melissa Stern, a multi-media art exhibition integrating sculpture, original contemporary literature, and audio technology.

The Talking Cure, takes its name from Sigmund Freud’s original description of psychoanalysis. The exhibition consists of twelve mixed material sculptures by Melissa Stern, each accompanied by an interactive audio track created by a literary collaborator. Stern asked twelve writers- poets, novelists, screenwriters, and playwrights- to each chose a sculpture to which they relate most intimately. Each has written his or her imagined monologue of the goings on in the sculpture’s mind. The written work was then transformed into audio recordings by actors. A QR tag accompanies each sculpture. When the viewer points a Smartphone, Blackberry or iPhone reading device at the QR tag it triggers audio to hear the inner voice of the sculpture.

"I have long been fascinated by what goes on in people’s minds when they look at art," said Stern. "What stories do they tell themselves? What emotions and memories are triggered?" In this project we will have a chance to hear what others think goes on in the minds of these sculptural people. Viewers will also have the opportunity to record their own imagined interior monologue for each sculpture.

The exhibition will also feature twelve drawings to accompany the sculptures. These pieces address psychological states and experiences in a non- narrative, image based way. They are the dreams that accompany the sculptures.

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  • Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure / Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, USA

    Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure exhibition at Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, USA

    Melissa Stern: The Talking Cure / Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, USA
    March 9 – April 7, 2012

    Artist Reception: Thursday, March 29, 5.00 – 8.00 pm

    The Fetherston Gallery is proud to present “The Talking Cure” exhibition, by New York artist Melissa Stern, a groundbreaking interactive art exhibition integrating sculpture, contemporary literature, online audio and Smartphone technology.

    Smartphone Meets Sculpture
    “The Talking Cure” exhibition consists of ten of Stern’s sculptures each accompanied by an interactive audio track created by one of ten literary collaborators. Stern’s sculptures, fabricated figures combining mixed materials and found objects, with deeply drawn surfaces, possess an abundance of personality. Stern has collaborated with ten contemporary writers - poets, novelist, screenwriters, and playwrights - to each choose a sculpture and write his or her monologue of the goings on in the sculpture’s mind. The monologues are transformed into audio recordings, stored “in the cloud,” and triggered via a QR tag imbedded in the sculpture. When the viewer points a Smartphone, Blackberry or I-Phone at the QR tag it will trigger audio to hear the inner voice of the sculpture.

    Interactive Multimedia in the Manner of Sigmund Freud
    The viewer will also have the opportunity to record his or her own imagined monologue for the sculpture. These recording will be available for playback, creating an added interactive dimension to the work. Viewers will be creators as well as receivers of the back-story for each sculpture; the exhibition takes its title from Sigmund Freud’s original name for the practice of psychoanalysis.

    Melissa Stern has worked in both sculpture and drawings for over twenty years, living and exhibiting in California, Europe, and New York City. Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections including Dow Jones, JP Morgan, The Arkansas Art Center and the Kohler Corporation, where she was an artist-in-residence. She has also had residences at the Serenbe Institute outside of Atlanta Ga. and at The Washington School of Glass in Washington DC. Her artwork was has been featured in Trans- Ceramic Art, 500 Figures in Clay, and American Illustration 26 – The Best American Illustrations of 2007.

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