Whale 1 is a lino-cut block print on antique auto mechanic's ledger paper. Paper size 13.75” x 8.25”, completed in 2023.
*This artwork is an original intaglio print created by hand. Expect some slight variations.
About the Artist:
Matt Messinger (b. 1974) is based in Houston, Texas. He is best known for paintings which incorporate matte surfaces with symbolic images, generally in black and white. Meticulous fabric collage - often layered from found household linens or flour sacks – creates a neutral ground which accentuates the flatness of the painting surface. Subtle patterns of drips and graffiti simultaneously create an illusion of spacial depth, contradicting this flatness. It is within this field that Messinger combines visual quotations from popular culture, scientific diagrams, or animals – real and imagined. Messinger's paintings mix serious ideas and icons with lighthearted techniques and imagery. Messinger enjoys symbolism and can be inspired by anything from logos, advertisements and animals, something simple as a number, or as subtle as a texture. Messinger scavenges pop detritus with an eye to nostalgia, humor, and subtle irony.