Montreal (Québec), Canada, 1935-2012
Melvin Charney, a trained architect, developed his artistic practice by exploring a range of mediums and techniques such as drawing, collage, photography and installation. He is especially interested in how architectural elements are expressed within modern cities, and has used Montréal as a favourite subject. Charney’s work appropriates images or structures from sites that carry specific historical, social, even political and philosophical references. His multidisciplinary work, which began during the 1950s, reveals the motifs that underlie the organisation and representation of space, and demonstrates the artist’s desire to include art within the built environment.