diptych; monotype on Rives BFK
mat: 40 1/8 x 30 in.; sheet 38 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.
Janus Head; these prints by Sam Messer depict a double-faced head in the tradition of the Greek god Janus and an abstract collage of body parts. Messer describes his work as having no logic when it comes to scale or orientation, but instead of having an "internal narrative…that dictates where things are and how things relate." At the time, Messer was working at the Santa Barbara studio on a series about "good fences making better neighbors."
American, b. 1955
Gift of Richard and Karen Tullis and Richard Tullis Workshop
MESSER, Sam and American, b. 1955, “MESSER, Sam,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 5, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/5030.