Haley Mellin. Biodiversity and Betadiversity

24 Apr 2024 – 29 Jun 2024

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In “Biodiversity and Betadiversity,” Mellin’s paintings and drawings underscore her lifelong commitment to environmental justice and the conservation and sustainable evolution of diverse ecosystems. In the body of work to be presented at DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM, she focuses on a series of observational paintings and drawings of landscapes, both gestural and detailed, of the ecosystems she works to protect. Primarily working on location for inspiration, Mellin uses gouache and charcoal mediums for their non-toxic properties.

The resulting images are in conversation with the concepts of “legacy” and “permanence,” depicting conserved ecosystems through the various conceptual frameworks of the gallery/institution. Mellin’s practice intimates that just as one can be moved by a Goya centuries later, future generations will witness and learn from old-growth ecosystems whose presence continues forward through conservation declarations and again in paintings and drawings.

This is the first solo gallery exhibition by the artist in Berlin, following an early solo exhibition at Bischoff Projects in Frankfurt.

Mellin was the 2023 Max Beckmann Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin in joint residence with the Neue Nationalgalerie. As an artist dedicated to land conservation and through the nonprofit organization she founded, Art into Acres, she supported the permanent protection of 33 million acres of wild lands in collaboration with the arts community. She supports museums in Germany in their climate and sustainability education and evolution, including Neue Nationalgalerie, documenta, Hamburger Kunsthalle and Kunstmuseum Bonn.

Complementing the exhibition Biodiversity and Betadiversity, the gallery will host a panel conversation on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 4 PM, offering a diverse understanding of current thoughts on climate, balance, the natural world, and environmental narratives and histories.

The panel is moderated by Klaus Biesenbach. He is the director of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin. Before that, he directed MOCA in Los Angeles and MoMA PS1 in New York. He also served as chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for two decades. In the nineties, Biesenbach initiated KW, Berlin, and the Berlin Biennale.

Participating invited panelists include Lisa Botti, assistant curator to Klaus Biesenbach at Neue Nationalgalerie, recent co-curator of Isa Genzken 75/75, and co-curator on upcoming exhibitions of works by Andy Warhol and Nan Goldin; Enuma Okoro, writer, curator, and Financial Times columnist, whose recent exhibition The Flesh of the Earth was on view at Hauser & Wirth, New York; Andreas Greiner, gallery artist and professor of media art at Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, whose recent solo show at the gallery, Game of Life, focused on AI, hybrid-techno sculpture, and speculative Exodus strategies for planetary life; and Haley Mellin, exhibiting artist, land activist, and founder of Art for Acres.

For further information on the artist and the works or to request images, please contact Owen Clements at owen(at)dittrich-schlechtriem.com.

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