Melissa Forkner Lesher: Running Tape at Factory Works Gallery

WILLIAMSPORT -- Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport invites you to Running Tape, an immersive sculptural installation by State College area sculptor Melissa Forkner Lesher. The exhibit consists of a large installation that envelops the viewer and touches on themes of memory and control. The installation will be at Factory Works Gallery from April 5 to 25, 2019.

Forkner Lesher as described by Betsy Johnson, curatorial assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, is, “a one-person assembly line who works materials rhythmically, in systematic, repetitive ways to shape chaos into order.  Productivity and efficiency are as integral to her process as are touch and intimacy… for whom making things is a way to connect with the generations of makers that came before her as well as those yet to come.”

The work in this exhibition is made exclusively from recycled and repurposed materials. These materials touch on the tactile and visceral elements of memory and through the artist’s manipulation of them address themes of chaos and control, as well as the tense relationship that exists between them.

In addition to the opening reception that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 5, we invite the public to experience this exhibition as part of The Pajama Factory’s Green-o-Ree, a spring festival celebrating sustainability, conservation and all things green on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, April 20.

We hope you will join us in experiencing this immersive meditation of memory, control and chaos. Factory Works Gallery is open, in addition to the receptions, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. or by appointment by emailing gallery@factoryworks.org.

Accessibility info: Factory Works Gallery is located on the second floor of the historic Pajama Factory. It is accessible via stairs or a freight elevator. If you require access to the elevator the night of the reception, please call us at 443-977-8682 to arrange for someone to come down to pick you up. Additionally, there is seating available in the gallery.

If you have any accessibility needs or questions, prior to visiting, please reach out by emailing gallery@factoryworks.org and we will do our best to answer / accommodate them.

Factory Works Gallery, a project of Factory Works, is a space for emerging and established artists, both locally and regionally, to experiment, materially and conceptually, and for the community to engage with work that challenges notions of what art can and does look like.

Biographical Information

Melissa Forkner Lesher earned a BFA in painting and drawing from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2013.  She is the recipient of multiple awards including The Fellowship Juried Prize for outstanding achievement at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  She has served as a volunteer in the following organizations:  The Penn State School of Visual Arts Alumni, The Art Alliance of Central PA, The Bellefonte Art Museum and The Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden.  In addition, she is a contributing artist for The Jana Marie Foundation, Stomper’s Project:  http://www.stompersproject.org/

Additionally, she is proud to serve as an Instructor of Art at Penn State, teaching painting and drawing to an amazing group of talented individuals.  She was recently a featured artist in the exhibition, “Minding the Hand” at The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA.  Her installation works will be included in future exhibitions at The Ormond Memorial Museum, Ormond Beach, Fla. and The Br. Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y.