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Unique Art Show at SSU’s Appleton Gallery
Opening Monday, Nov. 1, “They Won’t Stay Dead!” is a unique
art show at Shawnee State University’s Appleton Gallery in
the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
The project consists of 6,755 images that the artist, Chase
Melendez, has captured from George A. Romero’s “Night of the
Living Dead” and turned into physical objects. The images
were manipulated, altered and affected by the artist’s hand.
They were then edited back together to correspond with the
running of the original film.
“I captured the images with an easily attainable video
editing software,” Melendez said. “Once the movie was
captured in its entirety, I printed all 6,755 of them out
using a home inkjet printer.”
Melendez numbered each picture in pencil beginning with
00001. After all the images were altered, he transformed
them back into a digital format scanning them one at a time.
They were digitally cropped and imported into a video
Melendez arranged them in sequential order and synced them
to coincide with the original “Night of the Living Dead”
audio track. The movie with all the images is running during
the show and all of the thousands of images are arranged in
crates in numerical order.
“I’ve always loved movies and it’s a combination of my fine
art side and movies coming together,” Melendez said.
“They Won’t Stay Dead!” will be at the Appleton Gallery
until Monday, Nov. 15. The show is free and open to the
public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.