Melany Nugent-Noble is an interdisciplinary artist that works primarily with text and public space. Her practice evolved through finding processes and ways to use tactics of play (as opposed to strategies) and repetition to create slippage of rhetoric and everyday routine.
Nugent-Noble's recent Moon (Picnic) (2016) included the installation of a giant glowing moon, park bench, and smoke machine under a Manitoba Maple in front of the Lake Country Art Gallery throughout the summer of 2016. On the evening of August 20th, a midnight picnic co-hosted by the Lake Country Art Gallery and Opera Kelowna invited the community to participate in activating the installation and included various performances in Opera, piano, and spoken word.
Another one of her recent projects, Acceptance Speech for the Candidacy for President of The United States of America (2016), includes using a process of hand sorting of text based on patterns in the language that does not rely on algorithms. There is no additional text added or removed from the original transcripts with the exception of punctuation and [pauses], which have been altered for legibility and performance purposes. This work combines the respective acceptance speeches of U.S Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (blue text) and Donald Trump (red text), given at their respective party conventions in July, 2016.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Nugent-Noble currently resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. Her practice has been informed by her background in digital arts and media, communications, and experience working with the Governments of both British Columbia and Alberta. She has a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver, and various text-based works of hers can be found at the Or Gallery Bookstore in Vancouver, Printed Matter in New York, and as part of the Banff Centre’s Art Book Collection. Recent exhibits and installations include Stalemate (2015) at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, and Moon (Picnic) (2016) at the Lake Country Art Gallery.
Images 1 & 2: Moon Picnic, August 20, 2016. Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, Canada. June 22 - September 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Tina Knooihuizen.
Image 3: Detail of Moon. Resin, lights, and Manitoba Maple. Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, Canada. June 22 - September 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of Dave Kowalchuk.
Images 4 & 5: Acceptance Speech for the Candidacy for President of the United States of America, 2016. Limited edition prints. (40 page, 8.5 x 11, single-sided, digital colour print.)
Images provided by Melany Nugent-Noble, and used with generous permission.