Kelly Allen, Xiau-Fong Wee and Melissa Arendt’s “Corporeal Clusters” at 111 Minna

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Last Friday, 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco opened a three-person show featuring complementary artists with distinct skills: Kelly Allen (featured in HF Vol. 19), Xiau-Fong Wee and Melissa Arendt. Titled “Corporeal Clusters,” the show featured compositions that unite disparate elements — through biomorphic growths in the case of Xiau-Fong Wee, collage-style painting for Kelly Allen and geometric, angular structures for Melissa Arendt. Xiau-Fong Wee’s genetically modified mammals and sea creatures are rendered in a soothing color palette that lulls the viewer into her dreamy, sci-fi world. Kelly Allen’s super-saturated paintings are executed with photorealistic perfection; her compositions are often mistaken for collages of found images but in actuality are rendered by hand. Melissa Arendt’s mixed-media works combine drawing and painting elements on wood panels, imbuing her fragmented pieces with a sense of wit. Take a loot at some opening night photos below.

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