Brooklyn Rail


Jo Messer’s solo debut at 56 Henry is focused on two large oil paintings that confront one another in the gallery’s narrow space. These two works entrap the viewer in something like a game of “I Spy.” Never static, they stimulate a strong sense of play: as soon as the eye latches onto an object or figure, it is thrust elsewhere in Messer’s restless network of potent but suggestive imagery and erotic themes.

Jo Messer, I can't weather weather with you, 2021. Oil on canvas, 37 x 59 inches. Courtesy 56 Henry, New York.