Today we’d like to introduce you to Mel Zaid.
Mel had previously received advanced degrees in Science and Engineering from Stanford University and MIT and worked as an engineer prior to starting his art career.
He started his professional art career as a sculptor with his first studio at MIT, followed by studios at the Boston Center for Art, then in California where he currently works year around.
Although his initial sculpture direction was in contemporary portraiture and figures under the tutelage of Chiam Gross, Bruno Lucchesi and others while at the New School, the basic nature of that work evolved as his scientific curiosity led to a growing visual language. How to bring the sense of time and motion into his otherwise static sculpture was an early issue. To resolve those issues, he began to expand the normal 3-dimensional format of his sculpture and introduce additional shared components allowing the concept of time (and motion), as well as communication, to be perceived visually. Concurrently with the evolving of this unique visual-language he introduced other mind-constructed Universes; showing properties that were fundamental and universal.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Multispace is about various mind-constructed Universes and its related unique visual language – as is shown in the many pieces of “defining” Sculpture and Flat-Art in his work.
By introducing a single image -(and its variations) and exploring dimension, time and communication this language can provide a much richer visual understanding of the
complex “feelings” which are not easily expressed in verbal language. To broaden its visual-language this same image is followed in various mind-constructed Universes, always retaining their basic visual properties regardless of their change in visual appearance.
This work covers a lengthy time-period of Mel Zaid’s work and his concepts of Left Brain Art as well as of multispace Art within the growing Art-sci movement.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Work hard and never give up.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
There have been many group and solo exhibitions starting in 1972 thru the present date. A few are mentioned here in chronological, order with dates (if available).
MIT Architecture Library – Cambridge, MA– 2 person show with “Kena”, New Mexico Missions
Adjunct Associate Professor of Art – University of Mass – Amherst MA,
Landau Gallery – Los Angeles, CA – solo and group – 1983 thru 1990
Peter Strauss Ranch – Mountain Conservancy – Agoura Hills, CA – solo and group – 1983 – 1984
Merging One Gallery – Santa Monica, CA – solo and group -1986 -1988
West Coast Sculptors show – Los Angeles CA – 1987
Karpeles Museum – Santa Barbara, Ca – 2012 – onward
Santa Barbara Historical Museum – Santa Barbara CA 2017
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