Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Echo Test - Mel Kadel.

Echo Test - Mel Kadel. Exhibition at the Fecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco. Sept 10 - Oct 10, 2009. (Opening: Thurs Sept 10, 2009 (7-10pm) ). Found via Julia Rothman's twitter.

"Echo Test, a solo exhibition of new pen-and-ink drawings by Los Angeles based artist Mel Kadel.

Kadel is widely recognized for her lively patterned, often humorous scenes depicting tiny people, pushing, pulling, and climbing across the page. Using earth-toned inks on coffee-stained paper, Kadel's figures twist, tug and float in a fictional world governed by its own gravitational rules. Limbs, hair and faces merge to create rich patterns in shades of washed-out blue, gold, brown and red.

Echo Test marks Kadel's first solo show in San Francisco and will include both large and small scale drawings in combination with wall painting, extending the world she depicts on paper onto the gallery walls.

Arranged in non-traditional clusters, her drawings will display as a quilt of images, playing off each other to transform the gallery into quasi- psychedelic mélange of color and pattern.

Works as small as 6"x9" and up to 44"x44" will be available, as well a specially recorded four song EP entitled, 'Stop That Dreaming', by Los Angeles band ((Sounder)) with original cover-art by Mel Kadel. The limited edition of 100 physical copies (signed and numbered Kadel) will be available at the reception and an electronic version will be available for download on

Kadel, along with artists Travis Millard and Michael Sieben can be heard singing on the track 'Oh Darkness Looming.' ((sounder)) is the music project of artist/video director Mike Aho.

About Mel Kadel:

Mel Kadel, raised in Pennsylvania, received her B.F.A. from Moore College of Art & Design. After living in New York for several years, she moved to Los Angeles where she now lives and works.

Kadel's work has been exhibited across the country and can be found in the collections of notables such as: Shepard Fairey, Harrison Ford, Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Jason Lee."

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