John Messinger is an American artist, best known for his large-scale unique tapestries assembled from thousands of individual 3.25-by-4.25 inch Polaroid instant images. As a result, the final works are all one-of-a-kind photographic tapestries.
Messinger was born in New York in 1984, and he has been involved with cameras and photography since he was a child. Only 9 years old, Messinger was already familiar with darkroom and photographic process, taught by his godmother, who came to live with his family.
After completing his studies in photojournalism at Boston University’s College of Communication in 2006, Messinger studied Photography, Video & Related Media at the esteemed School of Visual Arts. After graduation and a MFA in 2010, John bought a van and decided to travel cross-country accompanied with his Polaroid camera. This trip played a crucial role for his development as an artist, from which his unique style of impressive Polaroid tapestries was created.
Reductive yet expansive, abstract yet real, and with seemingly infinite possibilities, Messinger’s artworks carry visual and contextual depth. By fusing indexical and abstract imagery, the artist explores the notions of perception, singularity and time, and the relationship between photography, photographer, and subject.
Works of John Messinger are in a permanent collections of KPMG Art Collection, San Francisco, and The Watermill Center, Robert Wilson Selection, NY. Before becoming a full time independent artist, Messinger worked as a freelance photographer for The Wall Street Journal. He currently teaches photography at the Ross School.
Messinger is represented by UNIX Gallery in New York.
All images courtesy of UNIX Gallery and the artist
|2014||We Dream Alone||UNIX Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2014||Self Processing-Instant Photography Exhibition||Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA||Group|
|2013||Devil’s Heaven: The 20th Annual Watermill Center Benefit||Watermill, NY||Group|
|2013||White Night: The Longhouse Reserve||East Hampton, NY||Group|
|2013||artMRKT Hamptons||Eric Firestone Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY||Group|
|2013||A View With A Room: Eric Cahan, Gregory Johnston, + John Messinger||Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY||Group|
|2013||Pulse: New York||New York||Group|
|2013||UNICEF’s Next Generation Photo Show||MILK Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||John Messinger: In Process||The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY||Solo|
|2012||MIAMI PROJECT: Modern + Contemporary||Miami, FL||Group|
|2012||Group Show||TX Contemporary, Houston, TX||Group|
|2012||UNICEF’s Next Generation Photo Benefit||R 20th Century Gallery, NYC||Group|
|2012||Guild Hall Artist Members Show||Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY||Group|
|2012||artMRKT Hamptons||Bridgehampton, NY||Group|
|2012||artMRKT San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2010||The Garden||McNeill Art Group Tribeca Project Space, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Underfoot, Overhead & All Around||Romany Kramoris Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY||Solo|
|2006||Lola Schnabel + Angelbert Metoyer + John Messinger||Butter Lane Barn, NY||Group|
|2004||The Benson Juried Show||Elaine Benson Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Bridgehampton, NY||Group|