I Sing To You

July 7, 2022September 1, 2022

Sam Messer ‘s obsession with typewriters began in a collaboration with the author Paul Auster but evolvedas Messer began using the typewriter to explore how language is changing. In the paintings displayed here, Messer draws from the history of painting and contemporary issues to improvise on the underlying formal structure ofthe typewriter. Oil, acrylic, and spray paint are used to rework and alter the surface of the canvas until thetypewriter transforms into a portrait. The three-dimensional layers of his materials along with the flattenedperspective, intertwine with each other, creating the illusion that the paint melts at the edges, while some of thetypewriters tend to lose their form completely. The artist uses formal abstraction and his knowledge of the historyof improvisational artmaking to create these works.                                                                Sam Messer (b. 1955, NY, NY) was part of the neo-expressionist movement in New York in the early 1980s. Heholds a BFA from The Cooper Union (1976) and received an MFA from Yale University (1981). He was theAssociate Dean of the Yale School of Art for twelve years and a Senior Art Critic at Yale for twenty-five years. Hiswork has been exhibited internationally and is included in many public collections such as the MetropolitanMuseum, the Whitney Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Museumof Fine Art, Houston. He has been the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a LouisTiffany Foundation Grant, the Engelhard Award, and a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship. He currently lives and worksin Brooklyn NY.