New York

Michael Vessa

Rosa Esman Gallery

Michael Vessa transforms the gallery into a dialectic playground for an intuitive investigation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional (both real and illusory) architectonic spatial relationships. His most recent installation piece consists of wall-size pieces of paper glued with packing tape to the wall (one on each of the four walls) on which are drawn two-dimensional renditions of a three-dimensional structure in quasi-mathematical perspective. Their freestanding counterpart—a 10-foot-square panel—stands virtually floor to ceiling. One side of the structure is varnished paper, the other—traditionally considered the “back” of a painting—a facsimile of a conventional stretcher support. The frame is made up of mitered pieces of alternating light and dark wood. The tonal differences help guide your eyes around the square frame-support as it mimics the flatness of the two-dimensional

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