Future Novel: Jack Mernin

With Future Novel Mernin attempts to collapse narrative and inspire conversation and interrogation. Ambiguity is funda- mental to Mernin’s practice. Upon the completion of a work, Mernin’s role shifts from maker to viewer and his relationship to the object changes. His works require time and repeat viewings from his audience. Mernin has expressed jealousy of novelists, because they seize hours or weeks of their audiences’ time, while many view paintings for mere moments before moving on. The complexity of Mernin’s work is a call to viewers, asking them for slow contemplative looking.