backdrop video . Young and Realistic . The Faint . Directed by Nik Fackler and Todd Fink .
where: Knockdown Center. Maspeth, Queens. NYC.
As part of the exhibition The Unseen Hand, curated by Nikita Vishnevskiy
paint, chalk pastel, pigmented joint compound, mica powder, spray paint, graphite, ink and caulking on wood, drywall and cardboard. mixed media on paper. plastic sheeting, carbon paper, smoke infused glass, ceramics, driftwood, linen, map pins and hardware.
108 x 77 x 111
messenger continues a trajectory of animating the ruins of past work. Former sculptures and installations are given new life as elements are scabbed and fused together. Surfaces are freshly embellished with a protestant baroque renewal. messenger notes its new terms with ceramic vessels that burned the scraps and detritis of the studio - marking the incineration on smoke infused glass panels. A ritual totem for our dead souls.
At home in the food court of a shuttered and crumbling mall or as my friend Jason Mones casually remarked I imagine its life in a tent city as the residents congregate, chip away, add to, or destroy its alien form.