Born in Montreal, Melanie Matthews obtained a BFA from Concordia University in 1985. She now splits her time between a prolific art practice and an ever expanding teaching schedule. Matthews is a Working Artist for Golden Paints and has been invited to lecture, give workshops and teach classes on acrylic techniques to various arts organizations, including the Canadian Society of Artists and Concordia University.
Increasingly focusing on participatory community art projects , Melanie is energized by the process of art making, from concept to production. Melanie has developed many multidisciplinary projects, including Terra Carnival with The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Concentric Circles for Le Centre Philo and an upcoming project at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art in collaboration with Les Impatients. Her pieces have been exhibited in solo shows at Visual Voice at the Belgo, and in many group shows internationally.
Five Crucial Tips to Outrun Marina Abramovic is an exhibition of interactive works curated by Olivier Forgues, in collaboration with Art Souterrain. Nine multidisciplinary artists move from leisure to idleness and offer you the results - some of the art is edible, and that’s a perk. Virtuoso, slackers: can they work together? Tongue-in-cheek, engrossing, and above all interactive, these new works blur the boundary between artist and audience, the academy and play. From the everyday to the uncanny, expect digital trompe-l’oeil, celebrity lookalikes, inflatables, and (impeccably tasteful) genitalia.