The Climb: 54 Jefferson, is a site-specific video projection on the outside front wall of Site:Lab. The projected video features a woman (Manos) endeavoring to find her way up, across, and into the the former Grand Rapids Public Museum. The work offers an existential loop of human effort that teeters between absurdity and heroics. Will she make it?
Melanie Manos is an interdisciplanary artist working in performance, digital media, print, sculpture and installation. Recent exhibitions include Inside/Out, Mechelen, Belgium; Fractured Perspectives, Affinity Gallery, Los Angeles; Re/spond/Re/peat, Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, NY; and Dlectricity, Detroit, MI. This past summer Manos presented her work at Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, and was artist-in-residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin, WI, where she created and exhibited video and photographic collage addressing the body and the built environment. Manos collaborates with Sarah Buckius as The ManosBuckius Cooperative, exhibiting videos globally in video and electronic art exhibitions. Born and raised in Detroit and Grosse Pointe, MI, Manos holds a BA, 1999, UCLA and an MFA, 2008, UM. She is an adjunct faculty member at the UM Stamps School of Art & Design teaching time-based art and Detroit Connections, an inter-generational collaborative art class.
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