Paintings

Mopping Up: New and recent works by Melissa Dorn at Yardstick Algoma

October 5 –21, 2018

Yardstick, 317 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201

 Artist Reception: Friday, October 5, 5-8pm

Click here to listen to her interview with Terry Kovarik, Door County Daily News

 Mop XXIV; Acrylic and graphite on canvas; 36 x 36 inches, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Mop XXIV; Acrylic and graphite on canvas; 36 x 36 inches, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and the Frank Juarez Gallery.

Algoma, WI — Yardstick is pleased to present Mopping Up, an exhibition of new work by Melissa Dorn. In 2015, Melissa Dorn began obsessing over mops.  Mopping Up, heavily influenced by industrial mop heads, comments on issues around labor, women’s work, and abstraction. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as an altering of the gallery space.

Why mops?  While reading 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton, Dorn came across the word “mop.”  She couldn’t get the word out of her head. She wrote it down. She sketched her version of the mop. The word became funnier the more she obsessed about it. “Mop is a funny word. It’s short,” Dorn explains, “but it feels alive. If you repeat it over and over again in your head, then start saying it aloud, it sounds funny and then becomes even funnier.”

Dorn thought the mop might just stay in her sketchbook and her head, until she remembered her mom frequently calling her a mop head when she needed a haircut.  Now, from hair to labor to feminism, Dorn realizes the endless possibilities of mops.

This exhibition runs from October 5 – 21, 2018, with a reception on Friday, October 5, 5-8pm. Yardstick is located at 317 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201.

Hours of operation for October 2018 are October 5, 5-8pm; October 6, 12-5pm; October 7, 12-4pm, October 13, 12-4pm, October 20, 12-4pm, and by appointment at 785.917.9628.

About the artist

Melissa Dorn works between painting and sculpture. She infuses common objects, things often overlooked, with humor and animating textures. Dorn Richards, who earned her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, has been making art in Milwaukee for over 20 years. Dorn is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery.

Her work is found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Select exhibitions include: The Jump Off, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art; Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art; Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.

About Yardstick Algoma

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Yardstick is a multifaceted work in progress housed in a historical building in downtown Algoma, Wisconsin. We plan to open as a progressive bookstore, gallery and coffee shop in Spring of 2019.  The name Yardstick is meant to remind us to measure up to our ideals and practice.

Meantime, Yardstick is hosting pop-up events in its unfinished space, including this exhibition of Melissa Dorn’s work, as well as various readings.  We will open a holiday pop-up shop in Yardstick’s storefront in November and December, close the store to complete our vision, and re-open, fully realized, in Spring 2019.

Yardstick is owned by Heidi Raak, who was the owner of the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas for ten years before moving to Algoma, Wisconsin in October 2017.  She was born in Boston, grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and spent the last 20 years in Lawrence, Kansas, before falling in love with Algoma and the Michigan shore. 

For further information on the exhibition Mopping Up: New Work by Melissa Dorn, please email heidi@yardstickalgoma.com or call 785.917.9628.

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