Looking Glass - Cornell Art Museum, Florida USA November 2017 - February
Edinburgh Art Fair (Subversion Gallery) November 2017
Art Around The Child - Charity auction Wigmore St November 2017
The Other Art Fair - Truman Brewery October 2017
Aberdeen Art Fair (Subversion Gallery) September 2017
Will I Ever Make It? - Installation comissioned for The Other Art Fair April 2017
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
Graeme Messer is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in London. 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.
“At times I feel I am not so much an artist as a detective, trying endlessly to solve a puzzle. Who am I? How did I get to be like this? And are the effects of the past irreversible? Underlying everything is the search for a missing piece of the puzzle. What is this thing that I long for? Is it lost or hidden? Does it even exist? Over time I’ve tried to name this missing piece, calling it ‘passion’, ‘power’, ‘masculinity’ and finally '‘love’, but none of these descriptions quite hit the mark. So the search continues and I continue being both artist and detective at the same time.” Graeme Messer
“I found your work powerfully personal, direct and shockingly honest yet interwoven with entertaining humour and irony. The show created a strong atmosphere which has stayed with me and has led me to reflect a lot on my own childhood experiences and family relations. In other words, I was really touched by your work ... and the performance added another (dramatic) dimension which was almost unbearably moving at times.
It feels as if you really ‘bare your soul’ through your work and I can only imagine how that may leave you feeling in terms of exposure and vulnerability. In my view, it takes a great deal of courage and probably a measure of insanity, to expose one’s self in this way. So, thank you for sharing yours. It’s appreciated.
Steve Annett BBC Journalist