January 6 - February 17, 2018
Reception Saturday, February 3, 2018 5-8 pm
The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present Mopping Up, an exhibition of new work by Melissa Dorn Richards. In 2015, Dorn Richards began obsessing over mops. Mopping Up, heavily influenced by industrial mop heads, comments on issues around labor, womenâ€™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 Richards came across the word â€śmop.â€ť She couldnâ€™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. â€śMop is a funny word. Itâ€™s short,â€ť Dorn Richards explains, â€śbut 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.â€ť
Dorn Richards 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 Richards realizes the endless possibilities of mops.
This exhibition runs from January 6 â€“ February 17, 2018, with a reception on Saturday, February 3, 5-8pm. The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 207 E. Buffalo Street, Ste. 600, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. An exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition and is available at www.frankjuarezgallery.com and at the gallery.