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Lawrence F Mesich
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: Lawrence Mesich's media work explores moments when bodies and buildings intersect, and their political and social effects. He uses corporate aesthetics and dry wit to frame these subjects as both singular entities and containers for complex systems.
His recent work focuses on the image and infrastructure of tall buildings, treating these structures as entities that embody the institutions they’re designed to contain. He manipulates the images of these buildings - bending, twisting, elongating them - to parallel the distortions and shifting narratives that institutions use to construct their identities.
His other work examines minute relationships between people and interiors, and the social and ideological systems they produce together. He draws attention to ‘boring’ subjects - mundane rituals and repetitive gestures, workplace layouts, formulaic furniture - and amplifies their absurdity to explore how large an impact these small and often invisible things can have on everyday experiences.
His projects have examined the anonymizing effects of institutional interiors and self-help texts on workplace interactions, explored the expectations and behavioral mandates of soap opera and film noir conventions, and posited an infinite skyscraper as a symbol of complex financial systems run amok.
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  • Highest and Best Use
    2015
    archival inkjet print on polypropelene film
    120"H x 36"W x 30"D
    Highest and Best Use wryly examines the tumultuous results and ongoing effects of the 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn. The rash of lucrative residental developments have pushed out long-time reside

  • Highest and Best Use (detail)
    2015
    archival inkjet print on polypropelene film
    120"H x 36"W x 30"D
    Highest and Best Use wryly examines the tumultuous results and ongoing effects of the 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn. The rash of lucrative residental developments have pushed out long-time reside

  • Highest and Best Use (detail)
    2015
    archival inkjet print on polypropelene film
    120"H x 36"W x 30"D
    Highest and Best Use wryly examines the tumultuous results and ongoing effects of the 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn. The rash of lucrative residental developments have pushed out long-time reside

  • Distributed Risk
    2015
    steel, video monitors, media players
    162"H x 29"W base/18"W top x 36"D base/52"D top

  • Distributed Risk
    2015
    steel, video monitors, media players
    162"H x 29"W base/18"W top x 36"D base/52"D top

  • Inherent and Residual Risk
    2014
    wood, video monitors, computers, speakers, amplifier
    78"H x 22.5"W x 12"d each, spaced 42" apart
    nherent and Residual Risk is a two-channel video work that tells the stories of two moments of crisis for Citigroup - the engineering crisis at Citicorp tower in 1979 and the financial crisis of 2007

  • Aphorisms (video still)
    2012
    HD video
    Aphorisms is a single- or two-channel video piece comprised of a series of short vignettes. Set in familiar work environments, each vignette examines the interactions of two identical figures. These b

  • Aphorisms (installation detail)
    2012
    HD video, monitors
    Aphorisms is a single- or two-channel video piece comprised of a series of short vignettes. Set in familiar work environments, each vignette examines the interactions of two identical figures. These b

  • At Work (installation detail)
    2010
    wood, steel, monitors, DVD players
    At Work investigates the specific relationship between the interstitial spaces of institutional interiors – lobbies, waiting areas, hallways – and the routines of the people employed to in

  • At Work (installation detail)
    2010
    wood, steel, monitors, DVD players
    At Work investigates the specific relationship between the interstitial spaces of institutional interiors – lobbies, waiting areas, hallways – and the routines of the people employed to in

  • At Work (installation view)
    2010
    steel, aluminum, monitors, DVD players
    At Work investigates the specific relationship between the interstitial spaces of institutional interiors – lobbies, waiting areas, hallways – and the routines of the people employed to in

  • At Work (video still)
    2010
    SD video
    At Work investigates the specific relationship between the interstitial spaces of institutional interiors – lobbies, waiting areas, hallways – and the routines of the people employed to in

  • At Work (video still)
    2010
    SD video
    At Work investigates the specific relationship between the interstitial spaces of institutional interiors – lobbies, waiting areas, hallways – and the routines of the people employed to in

  • In Prepetuity (video still)
    2012
    HD video loop
    In Perpetuity is a single channel video piece depicting a skyscraper, seemingly shot from street-level perspective. The building's facade appears as an endless expanse, both growing and receding

  • In Prepetuity (installation view)
    2012
    HD video loop
    In Perpetuity is a single channel video piece depicting a skyscraper, seemingly shot from street-level perspective. The building's facade appears as an endless expanse, both growing and receding

  • I Wake Up Screaming / As The World Turns
    2012
    HD video
    I Wake Up Screaming / As The World Turns is a single channel video that depicts a phone conversation between a 'couple' that escalates, emotionally and physically. The video draws equally fr

  • I Wake Up Screaming / As The World Turns
    2012
    HD video
    I Wake Up Screaming / As The World Turns is a single channel video that depicts a phone conversation between a 'couple' that escalates, emotionally and physically. The video draws equally fr

  • I Wake Up Screaming / As The World Turns
    2012
    HD video
    I Wake Up Screaming / As The World Turns is a single channel video that depicts a phone conversation between a 'couple' that escalates, emotionally and physically. The video draws equally fr
 








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