Gesso on canvas and stage floor from the Houston Grand Opera
Contemporary abstract painting on canvas and stage floor from the Houston Grand Opera by local Houston artist Matt Messinger. Currently featured in the show "Septet" at Reeves Art + Design in Houston, TX. Signed, titled, and dated on reverse. Currently hung in a thin light wood frame.
Matt Messinger 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.
H 10 in x W 8 in x D 1.5 in