Shortly after he completed Friend Me/Follow Me: Graze Anatomy (2012)–the mixed-media installation just inside the Walker’s Hennepin Avenue entrance–we asked Ely, Minn.–based artist Andy Messerschmidt to share some of the visual and conceptual influences behind his work. He responded with a series of images–from a French visionary environment cobbled together by a French postman to a Hindu pilgrimage–plus a few “lines for elucidation/’hallucidation'”:
1. Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval: An influence along with any anti-mod architecture involving horror vaccui like Gaudi and Hindu Temples. The tinkering each night of a postman in France produced this.
2. Single Wing Turquoise Bird: One of many influential light production teams from the ’60s.
4. Mary Katrantzou: Fashion designer who throws the whole spice rack into the gumbo.
6. Dogsledding! Sure beats downtime in the studio.
7. Ikat Weaving: I love this Indonesian weaving and dyeing technique which contrasts hard-edge 8-bit forms with blurred striations.
8. Ice Fishing All Day on Cloudy Days: Coming back to colors in the studio after a cloudy day on the ice is mind-blowing… a form of sensory deprivation, I guess. (My daughter is angry we aren’t catching fish.)
9. Tudor Trefoils: There is something archetypal in the trefoil… cell budding… triads… trilogies?
10. Kumbha Mela: Some say the Kumbha Mela in January had an estimated 70 million attendees. Here, two sadhus are contemplating “Minimalist Art.”