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A native of Delaware, multi-media artist Kendall Messick is now based in New York City. He studied photography at both the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography in New York. Messick divides his time between documentary filmmaking and extended still photography projects. In early 2001 Messick completed his first feature length, multi-media documentary project, Corapeake.

The Projectionist is Messick’s second film and exhibition, which was launched in 2007. This project has garnered critical acclaim and traveled to several major institutions through 2009. Messick’s works are in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Kendall Messick
The Vaudevillian, 2003
10 x 10 inches
Color-coupler photograph

This photograph of Gordon Brinckle, the subject of The Projectionist, shows the theatre palace creator beaming on the stage of his own Shalimar Theatre as an homage to vaudevillian performers. Brinckle was a projectionist in the US Army during World War II, and later in the Everette Theatre in Middletown, Delaware. He created his own personal rendition of a movie palace in the basement of his modest home over a forty-five year span. The Shalimar Theatre was disassembled from Brinckle’s basement and reassembled on the first floor of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in 2007. Kendall Messick grew up across the street from Brinckle. At age 92, Brinckle was thrilled that his beloved Shalimar Theatre traveled around the country with this exhibition.