Sam Messenger

Sam Messenger (b. 1980, London) lives and works in London. Messenger’s practice is one of poetic potential. His drawings begin with a series of rules and conditions which he imposes upon himself in order to fulfil the project. The rules cannot change half way through in order to repeat a past result or produce a more aesthetically pleasing outcome, so these initial decisions determine how the drawing will progress, yet they can never predict what the finished work will look like. The artistic journey is one of physical and temporal surrender to the finished surface of the work. Select exhibitions include Dot, Dash, Dissolve, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2016); 13 Cycles, Davidson Contemporary, New York, USA (2016); Important Works on Paper, Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California (20015); Fracture, Davidson Contemporary, New York (solo exhibition) (2014); Line: Making the Mark, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (2014); Pencil / Line / Eraser, Carroll/Fletcher, London (2014); Four Decades, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2014); Paper Jam, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York (2014); Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London (2014); Six Veils, Davidson Contemporary, New York (2011); and Straightedge, Davidson Contemporary, New York (2008). His work is held in private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

Last updated: 23.02.2017

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