Game Changer

HD Video - 04:19 min Courtesy Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery Melissa Brown was born in New Jersey and now works in Brooklyn. During the 2009 Nuit Blanche, she hosted ‘How To Win The Lottery’ in the Toronto financial district, a performance whose goal was to win the lottery with thousands of other people by playing identical sets of numbers, attempting to make collective fantasy a reality. Ms. Brown currently organizes winner-take-all poker games. The players are artists & collectors, the pot a new art collection formed by chance. These poker tournaments have taken place at the think tank Where, Nada New York 2015, Essex Flowers and Safe Gallery. The players used cards she designed called The Tabloid Deck, which assigns symbolic Supermarket Tabloid headlines. Brown’s paintings and animations, in fact, take influence from playing cards and other fantasy-related paper ephemera such as money and lottery tickets. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York City at Bellwether, CANADA, Kansas, Essex Flowers and, internationally, at Kenny Schacter, Rove in London and Roberto Paradise in San Juan. She has exhibited as part of group shows at Mass Moca, Musee International des Arts Modestes in France, Loyal, Petrella’s Imports, Andrew Edlin, Gavin Browns Enterprise, Klaus von Nichtssagend, and Winkleman. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Hyper Allergic, Art News, the Art Newspaper, Time Out New York, White Hot Magazine, to name a few. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell grant for painting in 2012.