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Michaela Meise, Goodnight, Seattle, and good mental health, 2019, mixed media, 27 1⁄2 × 39 3⁄8".

Michaela Meise, Goodnight, Seattle, and good mental health, 2019, mixed media, 27 1⁄2 × 39 3⁄8".

Michaela Meise

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You never know what you’re looking for until you find it. In my case, I found it in the reference to the late-1990s sitcom Frasier in the new works by Michaela Meise for this exhibition, titled “Guten Tag” (Good Day). The show began with this greeting and finished with the line that the fictional psychotherapist Dr. Frasier Crane always used at the end of his call-in radio show—GOODNIGHT, SEATTLE AND GOOD MENTAL HEALTH—scrawled across the last of Meise’s seven collages on paper or paperboard. The modest display followed the palatable format of a radio show or TV episode: Each collage offered a complete scene, with a central sculpture serving as a kind of running gag tying everything together.

The sculpture was, in fact, made up of two individual works: Angelus Harpyie, 2019, a curiously wrought chunk of limestone sitting upon Eribon-Vanderbilt, 2017, a simple wooden chair embellished with

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