mspaint and heartbreak by Michael Hessel-Mial
Michael Hessel-Mial makes the mighty macros. Is Michael Hessel-Mial the one to transform macros from something silly into a true art form? Compositionally these pictures are beautiful. Placed alongside tender language, the images themselves look so vulnerable. Out in the countryside are the strange creatures. Fiery beasts rise up. Relationships attempt to restore themselves. Yes ‘mspaint and heartbreak’ is another day on the internet, yet the clarity is what sets it apart from mere miniscule macros. Michael’s work suggests that the rest of the macro game needs to catch up with him.
Songs hold memories of Michael’s old friend. Michael needs the songs. After a friend has left him the songs are all that remain. While the songs might be the same songs for years to everyone else, when someone introduces the song the meaning changes forever. Riding on a plane Michael keeps it together. Then he makes a wrong move and hums a song to himself. Humming a song makes it personal. Out there on the MP3, on the CD, on the cassette or record that is the band’s song. Trying to hum a song means to cover it, to paint it with a new personality.
Porn stars make good money. Michael claims he could be one. This is obvious. Anybody who has seen Michael agrees he is truly beautiful on the inside but more importantly (for the porn industry) on the outside. Michael invites the old friend to grab him by the dick and slam him against the wall. Yes this is the sort of thing that’s needed for each and every lovelorn holiday, or on Sundays. They are basically the same thing. Either way nothing gets done on those very special holidays.
Rich and giving no hoots is a turn on for Michael. This is a standard way of dealing with confusing life. Scholarly is another way of saying ‘spacey’ only more education is required. By taking up a scholarly life there’s less to deal with in a real way but way more abstractions. Upon realizing nearly everything scholars are able to better cope with reality. Unreality, or surreality, that becomes truer than immediate concerns. Scholars live weird abstracted lives.
Eventually Michael grows some wings to fly away. Above Michael is an escape with no clearly defined limits. Those who disparage macros might want to check out ‘mspaint and heartbreak’ to see what perfect macros look like. Whereas the average macro looks up at the stars these macros look down at the Earth. Everything looks so small from this series. Yet there’s something reassuring about the images holding up the loneliness of life. The images could be solstice from a world that feels too empty. Michael Hessel-Mial’s macros give the reader hope. And that’s all that’s needed sometimes.