London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
About Graeme Messer
Graeme Messer is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in London. UK. Drawing on a background in theatre, Graeme interweaves performance with assemblage and the written word to create an art that is direct, funny, moving, uncomfortable and unashamedly autobiographical. Apparently static pieces are typically brought to life by the artist in theatrical interventions, to create short, powerful performances that imbue the work with new dimensions of narrative and meaning. Themes that emerge include the dark side of childhood, empowerment and disempowerment, sexuality and difference, and our universal search for love and approval. Darkly humorous while at the same time candid and open-hearted, Graeme’s work speaks to us all.
"WILL I EVER MAKE IT?" - a multi-disciplinary installation specially comissioned by THE OTHER ART FAIR 2017 - Victoria House.
Graeme Messer’s installation candidly addresses his own desire for love, approval and applause. “Who am I trying to impress?” “What does ‘making it’ mean?” “Does it matter anyway?” These are some of the questions that emerge as the artist acknowledges, explores and celebrates the mixed motivations behind the creative process.
Combining the written word with light-art, assemblage and performance, Graeme employs a wry sense of humour and deceptively light touch to create work that is direct, funny, moving, often uncomfortable and always unashamedly autobiographical.
I love this Motherf***er - solo show at The Lights of Soho, November 2016
Open Studios - The Chocolate Factory, November 2016
We R - LGBTQI Exhibition, Espacio Gallery, in association with London Pride, July 2016
Black & White - Art Society of Soho - Black and White Building, Shoreditch, June 2016
HM90 - Art Society of Soho, Black and White Building Shorditch, May 2016
The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, April 2016
Open Studio, The Chocolate Factory, London, 14-15 November 2015
The Edge of Ordinary, Espacio Gallery, London, 2-15 November 2015
The Other Art Fair, London, 15-18 October 2015
The Art of Love and How to Avoid it (solo show)The Chocolate Factory, London 2015
Memories in Black and White (solo performances), Mono Season, Espacio Gallery, 2015
The Edge of Ordinary, Espacio Gallery, London 2015
Salon14, Photofusion, London, 2014
Bedales Auction, Paddle8, Online, 2014
Past/Present, The Chocolate Factory, London, 2014
Memories, Design Room, London, 2014
Open Studio, The Chocolate Factory, London, 2013
Foyer Show, The Chocolate Factory, London, 2013
R.P. Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 2013
Heatherleys Graduation Exhibition, Heatherleys, London, 2012
DrawMore, Morley College, London, 2011