Zach Meisner at MICKEY

Artist: Zach Meisner

Exhibition title: Duæl

Venue: MICKEY, Chicago, US

Date: February 2– March 24, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and MICKEY, Chicago

MICKEY is pleased to present ‘Duæl’, a solo presentation of new and recent works by Zach Meisner. The exhibition will be on display from February 2nd to March 24th 2019.

Zach Meisner’s curio-sized sculptural relief paintings tend to be as volumetric as they are planar, geometric as they are biomorphic, and playful as they are constructivist. It is impossible to refer to these works by name, since they are neither titled, nor numbered, nor does the artist categorize them into series. In order to speak of individual works one must attempt to describe them, a task made difficult by their off-hue color palette and their unrecognizable forms.

Light conditions and viewing angles too affect the apparent form and structure of these works. A hollow skin-and-armature construction might appear at first glance to be a solid volume in resin or wood, its translucent acrylic surface appearing alternatingly opaque and transparent. Crafting related forms in solid blocks of walnut, oak, butternut, poplar, and pine, Meisner thoughtfully destabilizes viewers’ assumptions about the relationships between surface and volume, between appearance and substance.

Zach Meisner (b. Taos, New Mexico 1984) lives in Austin, Texas where he teaches at University of Texas at Austin. Recent exhibitions include The Texas State Galleries (San Marcos, TX), and Visual Art Center (Austin, TX). He was recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2017.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2017, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic and fiberglass mesh on MDF and masonite, 12 x 8 x 5 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic and fiberglass mesh on MDF, 6 x 6 x 3 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2016, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic on MDF, 7 x 5 x 3 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic on MDF, 5 x 5 x 3 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over aniline dye on MDF, 12 x 4 x 2 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic on MDF and walnut, 11 x 9 x 4 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2017, watercolor on bass wood and maple, 6 x 3 x 5 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic and fiberglass mesh on MDF, 13 x 8 x 2 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2016, acrylic paint/medium stretched over aniline dye on MDF, 8 x 7 x 7 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2017, acrylic on pine, 3 x 3 x 2 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2017, shellac on walnut with UV reactive polycarbonate, 3 x 3 x 3 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic on MDF and masonite, 11 x 7 x 4 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, shellac on walnut, 6 x 4 x 4 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic paint/medium stretched over acrylic and fiberglass mesh on MDF, 6 x 6 x 3 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, acrylic on walnut, 4 x 3 x 4 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2017, acrylic and metallic foil on plywood, 6 x 3 x 3 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2016, cork inlaid in acrylic paint stretched over MDF and walnut, 12 x 8 x 5 in.

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Duæl, 2019, exhibition view, MICKEY, Chicago

Zach Meisner, Untitled, 2018, waxed walnut, 2 x 2 x 3 in.

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