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  • "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view only for a few more days! Don't miss the chance to see Pennington's incredible sculptures!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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(left) "Figure Study II", ceramic, 5"h x 8"w x 10" l⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"I discovered my freshman year of college that I could sculpt a human body in 3 dimensions. I say to discover because I felt like an explorer who had found the buried treasure. Awe, relief and joy seeped into my whole being from my fingertips."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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(right) "Wailing", Melanie Cooper Pennington, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"This piece was made in the fall of 2014. ISIS was ramping up its terror and there were reports of children being decapitated and Michael Brown and Eric Garner been recently murdered by police. There was a shared deep grief amongst all mothers of which I am one. Eyes opened to unfathomable grief – daily I worked my thoughts and feelings into this piece."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-Melanie Cooper Pennington
  • "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view only for a few more days! Don't miss the chance to see Pennington's incredible sculptures!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "I discovered my freshman year of college that I could sculpt a human body in 3 dimensions. I say to discover because I felt like an explorer who had found the buried treasure. Awe, relief and joy seeped into my whole being from my fingertips."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    -Melanie Cooper Pennington⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    (right) "Wailing", Melanie Cooper Pennington, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "This piece was made in the fall of 2014. ISIS was ramping up its terror and there were reports of children being decapitated and Michael Brown and Eric Garner been recently murdered by police. There was a shared deep grief amongst all mothers of which I am one. Eyes opened to unfathomable grief – daily I worked my thoughts and feelings into this piece."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    -Melanie Cooper Pennington

  •  23  1  23 October, 2019
  • "Temporary Supports", fur, foam, pine, 30"h x 24"w x 48"l⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is only on view until this Friday, October 25!
  • "Temporary Supports", fur, foam, pine, 30"h x 24"w x 48"l⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is only on view until this Friday, October 25!

  •  17  1  22 October, 2019
  • Close up: "Wailing", Melanie Cooper Pennington, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"This piece was made in the fall of 2014. ISIS was ramping up its terror and there were reports of children being decapitated and Michael Brown and Eric Garner been recently murdered by police. There was a shared deep grief amongst all mothers of which I am one. Eyes opened to unfathomable grief – daily I worked my thoughts and feelings into this piece."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view now through October 25th.
  • Close up: "Wailing", Melanie Cooper Pennington, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "This piece was made in the fall of 2014. ISIS was ramping up its terror and there were reports of children being decapitated and Michael Brown and Eric Garner been recently murdered by police. There was a shared deep grief amongst all mothers of which I am one. Eyes opened to unfathomable grief – daily I worked my thoughts and feelings into this piece."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view now through October 25th.

  •  20  1  20 October, 2019
  • Melanie Cooper Pennington (right) discussing her piece "Until You Are Strong Again" during her Artist Talk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Sometimes I get stuck. So stuck. In life. In work. In sorrow. I cannot “figure” out what to do or how to move forward. I cannot. I cannot; and then I do. This piece says it’s okay to rest. It’s okay to curl into the dark confusion and wait. It’s okay. Let others help you along the way… let the dark do its work…Until you are strong again."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Until You Are Strong Again, fur, steel, leather, rope, tarp⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view now through October 25.
  • Melanie Cooper Pennington (right) discussing her piece "Until You Are Strong Again" during her Artist Talk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "Sometimes I get stuck. So stuck. In life. In work. In sorrow. I cannot “figure” out what to do or how to move forward. I cannot. I cannot; and then I do. This piece says it’s okay to rest. It’s okay to curl into the dark confusion and wait. It’s okay. Let others help you along the way… let the dark do its work…Until you are strong again."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Until You Are Strong Again, fur, steel, leather, rope, tarp⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view now through October 25.

  •  32  2  13 October, 2019
  • "Monopod Study", featured in "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington", on view now through October 25.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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From Pennington's Artist Statement:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"There is an idea, a form, a sketch. Maybe an actual sketch, or maybe an actual form, but always coupled with a feeling. Usually the break your heart out of your chest type of feeling. Or never let your heart leave your chest ever again type of feeling. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Then to see if that feeling can actually take a shape - I make something small. Fetus size. Hand holdable, body knowable. Quickish. And I look and I look and I wonder about it. Or I make another. And another. And then if its right, I decide that the piece is real, could be real, needs to become real. That I need to see it born in order for it to be real. And I begin to create. I begin to labor. And the piece takes shape. And ironically perhaps - these pieces often take about 9 months to make."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-Melanie Cooper Pennington
  • "Monopod Study", featured in "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington", on view now through October 25.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    From Pennington's Artist Statement:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    "There is an idea, a form, a sketch. Maybe an actual sketch, or maybe an actual form, but always coupled with a feeling. Usually the break your heart out of your chest type of feeling. Or never let your heart leave your chest ever again type of feeling. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Then to see if that feeling can actually take a shape - I make something small. Fetus size. Hand holdable, body knowable. Quickish. And I look and I look and I wonder about it. Or I make another. And another. And then if its right, I decide that the piece is real, could be real, needs to become real. That I need to see it born in order for it to be real. And I begin to create. I begin to labor. And the piece takes shape. And ironically perhaps - these pieces often take about 9 months to make."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    -Melanie Cooper Pennington

  •  9  1  12 October, 2019
  • "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" on view now through October 25. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Photo from the opening reception featuring "Decisions Decisions", Melanie Cooper Pennington, foam, steel, concrete, 9’ h x 3’w x 4’ l⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"A formal study of the back, of the missing piece, of the undefinable anthropomorphic figure mixed with⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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-Melanie Cooper Pennington
  • "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" on view now through October 25. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Photo from the opening reception featuring "Decisions Decisions", Melanie Cooper Pennington, foam, steel, concrete, 9’ h x 3’w x 4’ l⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "A formal study of the back, of the missing piece, of the undefinable anthropomorphic figure mixed with⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    -Melanie Cooper Pennington

  •  24  1  11 October, 2019
  • "It might be interesting to look at the maquette of this⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
piece first. Do you see the change? It started in a box.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Framed in ... stuck ... choosing to be stuck. I had⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
someone ask me ... Is this what motherhood looks⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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And so I began again. And made a mother resting,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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of the more that will be birthed with this new life. A⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
mother collaborating with rest in order to bring forth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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-Melanie Cooper Pennington, about "Asleep in the Boat"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Photo from installation of "Asleep in the Boat", Foam, steel, reed, resin, 4.5’ H x 5.5’ W x 9’ L⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view now through October 25th!
  • "It might be interesting to look at the maquette of this⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    piece first. Do you see the change? It started in a box.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Framed in ... stuck ... choosing to be stuck. I had⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    someone ask me ... Is this what motherhood looks⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    like...? And the answer was yes ... and no ... there⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    was something more I wanted to say.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    And so I began again. And made a mother resting,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is on view now through October 25th!

  •  33  1  28 September, 2019
  • Thank you to everyone who came out to see Melanie Cooper Pennington creating live at the opening reception of "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" during the Art This Way Art Crawl! Pennington's exhibition will be on view through October 25th, 2019.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"I don’t like to be uncomfortable. I don’t like to be in transition. I don’t like to not know where I am going and how to get there. But I also really don’t like staying in the same place. And sculpture helps me move. It reminds me how necessary action is to alleviate discomfort. It was the actor, Mark Lewis, who said after listening to me nearly self implode during an acting class—“Melanie you need to move the pain from inside your body—out.” This was a revelation to me. I was much better at holding in the pain, than letting it go. But to move it out—that was the obvious healthier, more sustainable choice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When my hands realized that clay could act like language, that body and form could carry some of that emotional weight, I began to learn how to move the pain out. And in that process the pain and confusion would take forms that comforted me. It is a type of therapy some would say, or a fetishizing I suppose, placing my pain into an object - in hopes that that object would transform it into something powerful and meaningful. But belief is powerful, fetish is powerful, and sculpting does transform my unrest into something which reminds me physically and mentally to be comforted, to embrace the always present ambiguities that make up my life. To recognize, to hold, and to step forward. To recognize, to hold and to step forward. Again and again."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
-Melanie Cooper Pennington
  • Thank you to everyone who came out to see Melanie Cooper Pennington creating live at the opening reception of "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" during the Art This Way Art Crawl! Pennington's exhibition will be on view through October 25th, 2019.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    "I don’t like to be uncomfortable. I don’t like to be in transition. I don’t like to not know where I am going and how to get there. But I also really don’t like staying in the same place. And sculpture helps me move. It reminds me how necessary action is to alleviate discomfort. It was the actor, Mark Lewis, who said after listening to me nearly self implode during an acting class—“Melanie you need to move the pain from inside your body—out.” This was a revelation to me. I was much better at holding in the pain, than letting it go. But to move it out—that was the obvious healthier, more sustainable choice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    When my hands realized that clay could act like language, that body and form could carry some of that emotional weight, I began to learn how to move the pain out. And in that process the pain and confusion would take forms that comforted me. It is a type of therapy some would say, or a fetishizing I suppose, placing my pain into an object - in hopes that that object would transform it into something powerful and meaningful. But belief is powerful, fetish is powerful, and sculpting does transform my unrest into something which reminds me physically and mentally to be comforted, to embrace the always present ambiguities that make up my life. To recognize, to hold, and to step forward. To recognize, to hold and to step forward. Again and again."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    -Melanie Cooper Pennington

  •  21  2  26 September, 2019
  • starting a couple weeks ago when i watched a thing about black holes, i wanted to anthropomorphize certain celestial bodies, like the planets, stars and black holes of course. i redid the first black hole drawing i did, and put it alongside a star, since black holes are essentially star corpses. oh and did i mention i used lyrics from a BaTIM song because i’m trash? #art #traditionalart #space #celestialbody #earth #moon #stars #blackholes #anthromorph #anthromorphic
  • starting a couple weeks ago when i watched a thing about black holes, i wanted to anthropomorphize certain celestial bodies, like the planets, stars and black holes of course. i redid the first black hole drawing i did, and put it alongside a star, since black holes are essentially star corpses. oh and did i mention i used lyrics from a BaTIM song because i’m trash? #art #traditionalart #space #celestialbody #earth #moon #stars #blackholes #anthromorph #anthromorphic

  •  14  0  23 September, 2019
  • "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is now open! Please join us for the reception and meet Melanie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A big thanks to our exhibition sponsors Papier's Creative Framing, and Baldus Company. And thank you to The Orchid for catering tonight's event.
  • "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is now open! Please join us for the reception and meet Melanie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    A big thanks to our exhibition sponsors Papier's Creative Framing, and Baldus Company. And thank you to The Orchid for catering tonight's event.

  •  45  1  20 September, 2019
  • Close up: "In Support of the Other", Melanie Cooper Pennington⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Tonight is the opening reception of "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" during the Art This Way Art Crawl from 5-9pm! Visit the Art This Way Art Crawl event page for tickets and more information.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.
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    By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.

  •  19  1  20 September, 2019
  • Melanie Cooper Pennington installing for "Humanimals in Precarious Positions".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“I make humanimals. Using bits and parts from my imagination I frankenstein my own creatures - at once more innocent than a human could be, physically more powerful than a human is and located in positions only a human animal would think fitting.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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About Melanie Cooper Pennington (American, b 1976 Los Angeles, CA)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Melanie was born in LA, raised in Boston and now teaches sculpture in Bloomington at Indiana University. After 12 years of running an interior design firm in Chicago, she transitioned to graduate school to focus full time on her sculpture practice. She received her MFA in 2016 from Indiana University where she is now fulltime sculpture faculty. Melanie’s recent exhibitions include: Act 1 Play as Production exhibition at ACRE Gallery curated by Lucy Stranger, and Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Juried Regional Show at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Melanie has shown at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indianapolis Art Center, and was part of Chicago Parks District year long sculpture in the parks exhibit.
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    “I make humanimals. Using bits and parts from my imagination I frankenstein my own creatures - at once more innocent than a human could be, physically more powerful than a human is and located in positions only a human animal would think fitting.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Melanie was born in LA, raised in Boston and now teaches sculpture in Bloomington at Indiana University. After 12 years of running an interior design firm in Chicago, she transitioned to graduate school to focus full time on her sculpture practice. She received her MFA in 2016 from Indiana University where she is now fulltime sculpture faculty. Melanie’s recent exhibitions include: Act 1 Play as Production exhibition at ACRE Gallery curated by Lucy Stranger, and Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Juried Regional Show at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Melanie has shown at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indianapolis Art Center, and was part of Chicago Parks District year long sculpture in the parks exhibit.

  •  42  3  18 September, 2019
  • "Everyone is an Insider", pine & fur, 9' x 3.5' x 4.5', Melanie Cooper Pennington⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Melanie Cooper Pennington’s first solo exhibition highlights her large scale anthropomorphic sculptures. Pennington will host an artist talk and exhibition preview Thursday, September 19th from 6-8pm. Tickets are $5 Individual, $3 Student. For student pricing, please contact Artlink at (260) 424-7195. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Melanie was born in LA, raised in Boston and now teaches sculpture in Bloomington at Indiana University. After 12 years of running an interior design firm in Chicago, she transitioned to graduate school to focus full time on her sculpture practice. She received her MFA in 2016 from Indiana University where she is now fulltime sculpture faculty. Melanie’s recent exhibitions include: Act 1 Play as Production exhibition at ACRE Gallery curated by Lucy Stranger, and Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Juried Regional Show at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Melanie has shown at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indianapolis Art Center, and was part of Chicago Parks District year long sculpture in the parks exhibit.
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    Melanie Cooper Pennington’s first solo exhibition highlights her large scale anthropomorphic sculptures. Pennington will host an artist talk and exhibition preview Thursday, September 19th from 6-8pm. Tickets are $5 Individual, $3 Student. For student pricing, please contact Artlink at (260) 424-7195. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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    Melanie was born in LA, raised in Boston and now teaches sculpture in Bloomington at Indiana University. After 12 years of running an interior design firm in Chicago, she transitioned to graduate school to focus full time on her sculpture practice. She received her MFA in 2016 from Indiana University where she is now fulltime sculpture faculty. Melanie’s recent exhibitions include: Act 1 Play as Production exhibition at ACRE Gallery curated by Lucy Stranger, and Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Juried Regional Show at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Melanie has shown at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indianapolis Art Center, and was part of Chicago Parks District year long sculpture in the parks exhibit.

  •  14  1  17 September, 2019
  • "​Until you are Strong Again​", Melanie Cooper Pennington, 7' x 4" x 8', steel, leather, fur, foam, rope, tarp⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Melanie Cooper Pennington will be hosting an artist talk and exhibition preview for "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" on Thursday, September 19th from 6-8pm. Tickets are $5 Individual, $3 Student. For student pricing, please contact Artlink at (260) 424-7195.
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    Melanie Cooper Pennington will be hosting an artist talk and exhibition preview for "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" on Thursday, September 19th from 6-8pm. Tickets are $5 Individual, $3 Student. For student pricing, please contact Artlink at (260) 424-7195.

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  • "Wailing", Melanie Cooper Pennington, 6' x 5.5' x 9', foam, wood, wool, plaster, ceramic⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is Pennington's first solo exhibition, highlighting her large scale anthropomorphic sculptures. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 20th, from 5pm-9pm during Art This Way Art Crawl where Pennington will be working on her creations live!
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    "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington" is Pennington's first solo exhibition, highlighting her large scale anthropomorphic sculptures. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 20th, from 5pm-9pm during Art This Way Art Crawl where Pennington will be working on her creations live!

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