About the Work

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. Kendall Messick grew up across the street from Brinckle. At age 92, Brinckle is thrilled that his beloved Shalimar Theatre is now traveling around the country with this exhibition.


  • Colin Quashie – Charleston, SC
  • David Boatwright – Charleston, SC
  • Don ZanFagna – Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Eames Demetrios – Los Angeles, CA
  • Erica Harris – Brooklyn, NY
  • Fahamu Pecou – Atlanta, GA
  • Geoffrey Cormier – James Island, SC with Michelle Van Parys, Charleston SC
  • Hamid Rahmanian – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heather McClintock – Boone, NC
  • Jiha Moon – Atlanta, GA
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • John McWilliams – McClellanville, SC
  • Joseph Burwell – Brooklyn, NY
  • Kathleen Robbins – Columbia, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York
  • Leslie Wayne – New York City, NY
  • Martha Strawn – High Springs, FL
  • Motoi Yamamoto – Kanazawa, Japan
  • Nancy Marshall – McClellanville, SC
  • Pedro Lobo – Évora, Portugal
  • Phyllis Galembo – New York City, NY
  • Pinky Bass – Fairhope, AL
  • Renee Stout – Washington, DC
  • Renée Stout – Washington, DC
  • Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – New York, NY
  • Ruth Marten – NY, NY
  • Tanja Softic´ – Richmond, VA
  • Tom Stanley – Rock Hill, SC
  • Kendall Messick – New York

    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 already garnered critical acclaim and is currently scheduled to travel 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.

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