K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present, Hard in The Paint, a solo exhibition featuring, Melissa Dickenson. Hard In The Paint, will feature abstract paintings where the paint is applied to individual Polyethylene films. Dickenson’s work utilizes a repetitive process of stretching thin sheets of fragile plastic, creating colored field abstractions where each superimposed stratum creates depth and spatial perspective.

Hard In The Paint, will be on view for the month of February, with a reception for the artist Thursday, February 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This will be Dickenson’s first solo show with K. Imperial Fine Art.

Combining materials, each layer of Polyethylene acts like a brush stroke trapping and asphyxiating the following layer. Individual films are manipulated by the pressure of Dickenson’s body weight in various forms against the concrete slab in her studio. Dickenson continues to manipulate the polyethylene film with the constant variation of her process through slicing, folding and layering. The fragile individual layers are rendered strong, creating reflective differentiations within the layers: ultimately allowing for the assertion of color, light and space.

Melissa Dickenson received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland and her MFA from California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well in Japan, Spain, and Poland. She was a resident artist at the Jail Cell residency at Alter Space Gallery in San Francisco as well as the Moscickcie Centrum Kultury in Tarnow, Poland. Melissa lives and works in San Francisco, California.