Melanie Clemmons

Art

Assistant Professor
Digital/Hybrid Media

Email

mclemmons@smu.edu

Phone

214-768-4139

Website

melanieclemmons.com

Melanie Clemmons is a new media artist that reimagines our use of digital technology toward a softer and more carefully innovative present and future, one that is symbiotic with art. She explores the exponential ubiquity and advancement of networked digital technologies, and the myriad and often bizarre ways humanity is irrevocably altered by them (for better or worse). She makes asset packs, videos, net art, installations, 3D printed sculptures, and XR experiences and performances. 

In addition to national/international gallery and museum work, Clemmons toured with Pussy Riot doing visuals during their first North American tour and collaborated on several music videos. She has collaborated with Zak Loyd since 2009, performing live visuals and composing immersive video, laser and XR installations. She is an assistant professor of digital/hybrid media at SMU in Dallas, TX. 

Clemmons has exhibited her work at, among others: HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel, Switzerland (via Lorna Mills’ Ways of Something); Dieglan Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland; Scope BLN, Berlin, Germany; the Whitney Museum of American Art, Manhattan (via Lorna Mills’ Ways of Something); Light Year, Brooklyn; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; LRLX, San Francisco; Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland; UPFOR Digital, Portland; Denver Digerati’s Supernova, Denver; Women and Their Work; Austin; Museum of Human Achievement, Austin; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and many other DIY spaces and venues.

Recent Work

Solo Exhibitions/Screenings/Performances

2022

Supernova Festival (Installation and Performance), Denver, CO (Invitation, Collaboration with Zak Loyd and Ryan Wurst)

BOREAL CRUSH PACK, SRO Photo Gallery, Texas Tech University’s Landmark Arts, Lubbock, TX (Juried)

BOREAL CRUSH PACK, Dieglan Gallery, Akureyri, Iceland (Juried)

2021

LIKES CHARGE, LIGHT TEAR, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX (Invited by Catherine Craft Phd, Curator)

LIKES CHARGE, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango, CO (Invited by Melissa Scaldani, Gallery Director)

2020

WAGON (performance), Quonset Hut Microcinema at Carpenter Hotel, Austin, TX (Invitation, Clemmons & Loyd collaboration)

LIKES CHARGE, Women & Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX (Juried, Catalog)

2019

AFTER WORLD CAM, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park SP2, Dallas, TX (Invitation, Clemmons & Loyd collaboration)

VIRTUAL HEALING, Radial Gallery at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH (Invitation by Nicholaus Arnold, Gallery Director)

2017

Detail(s) from GRAMMATRON, Upfor.Digital Gallery, Portland, OR (Invitation, Collaboration with Mark Amerika)

Research

Internet Art, Video Art, Installation Art (Video, Laser, XR), 3D printing (SLA), Virtual and Augmented Reality, Live Visual Mixing.

Course list

Introduction to Digital/Hybrid Media ASIM 1300
Intermediate Digital/Hybrid Media ASIM 1330
Digital/Hybrid Media Workshop (Previous Theme: The Attention Economy) ASIM 3310
Special Projects in Digital/Hybrid Media ASIM 3325
Art in the World ASAG 3310
Systems (Foundations Course) ASAG 1312
Graduate Seminar
ASAG 6300
Melanie Clemmons