About:

b. 1980

robertwmelton@gmail.com
512-736-6684


Educational Background:


MFA in Studio Art University of Texas at Austin 2007-2010
BA in Studio Art University of Texas at Austin 1998-2003


Selected Exhibitions:

• Austin Art Board Winner, 2013
• Texas Biennial 13, 2013
• One Night Cheap Motel, Super 8, Austin, TX 2012
• Robert Melton: Hungry Heart, McNay, San Antonio, TX 2011
• 15 to Watch: New Art in Austin, AMOA, Austin, TX 2011
• MFA Thesis Show, CRL, Austin, TX 2010
• TACC Visualization Laboratory, AMODA, Austin, TX 2010
• Time Machine, Meat Market Gallery, Washington, DC 2008
• Time Lapse, Antena, Chicago, IL 2008
• Digital Showcase, AMODA, Austin, TX 2004
• Cinematexas International Screening, Austin, TX 2003
• Cinematexas Student Screening, Austin, TX 2003



"Another anxiety-inducing video, Austin-based duo Robert Melton and Robert Boland’s “Three-Way Call” (2012), takes a more Lynchian route. In exquisitely composed, film noir-like close-up shots, two callers urge a third to “push the button,” his eventual compliance coming in the two-minute short’s final moment. Though less ambitious and thematically potent than Meza’s contribution, Melton and Boland’s piece handily achieves the intended sense of unease." - Benjamin Sutton, blouinartinfo.com, 2013


"Fortunately, Robert Melton’s three short videos of minor domestic disasters require no supplementary texts. Melton has a real sense of cinematography and his small, richly colored setups seem larger than life and take on a genuinely cinematic quality. The best of the three is Last Resort (2009), which opens onto a scene with a raging but contained circular fire against a typical beige wall. The fire diminishes slowly in size and intensity, and it isn’t until very near the end that we realize that a smoke alarm has been on fire, and that what we assumed was a dying flame is the video being played in reverse. Rather than dissipating the energy, the discovery of the backwards “gimmick” causes us to imagine the fiery chaos that must have occurred just before the video began. We’re able to insert ourselves into the narrative, a key to successful filmmaking. Melton should raise some money, abandon the art world, and make a movie." - Michael Bise, ...might be good, 2011

Private Collections:

Michael Fojtasek, Olamaie Restaurant, 2014

Karen Davidson, 2014