Ladies and Gentlemen, we have here for your consideration;

 


ARTIST STATEMENT

 

While the carnival, circus, and sideshow have a time-honored, symbolic resonance, I conceive each outsider, clown and freak as a fully articulated individual. Under the makeup, tattoos and clinical malformations are persons drawn from history and life models. The image of the anomalous person presents a sympathetic identification both feared and compassionate.

I draw upon a stream of art history from the religious and mythological imagery of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to  present-day outsiders, visionaries, and sideshow artists.  My scenes are generally overflowing with figures and traces of imaginary pastoral landscapes, combining realism with notes of primitivism and children's scrawls.  Figures subjected to violence in my work transcend pain as the saints did in medieval art.  As in classic religious and comic imagery, violence appears  harmless, either transcended by a fullness of spirituality or ignored because of some uncanny invulnerability.  Figures with physical and mental anomalies can celebrate their differences and overcome their traumas in a pastoral utopia.  As a result, my characters can display themselves in physical exhibitionism, continuing the tradition of the sideshow performer.  The scenes take place in a garden where humans and animals intermingle, and differences and sufferings are transcended.  Separate dimensions interpenetrate, figures of different scales enter each other's spaces, and foregrounds and backgrounds merge. There's a sense of an allegory which cannot have a literal meaning.

When seeing persons who appear grotesque, whose contours or skin patterns are just far enough outside the norm, whether created by choice or by birth, viewers can feel both sympathy and fear.  The sympathy can be pity for the persons who are assumed to be suffering because of their differences, although they might not be suffering at all.  Like the performer, they can be putting on a show.  There can also be a compassionate sense of common humanity, that despite our differences, we're essentially alike.  Any concern that viewers have of being outsiders themselves, which seems to be surprisingly universal, results in identifying with these anomalous persons.  The opposite tendency is to fear and deride those who are different, and to reassure ourselves that we are not like them after all.  This tension between sympathy and derision gives the threatening or comic grotesque its fascination to me.

 


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Group Exhibitions 

 

2010 - The 13th Hour, Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY
Paradiso Contrapasso, Observatory, 543 Union Street (at Nevins), Brooklyn, NY, NY

2009 - New Breed, Last Rites Gallery, 511 W 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, NY, NY
Tattoo Culture, 129a Roebling Street, Williamsburg, NY, NY [Featured exhibition]
 "(NU)Erotic", Visions Art Gallery, Medway, MA
2008 - IlluxCon, Altoona Heritage Discovery Center, Altoona, Pennsylvania  Tattoo Culture

2003 - Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, "Brave Destiny," Brooklyn, NY 
2000 - La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., CA 
1999 - Cybersapiens, 406 West 31st Street, New York, NY 
  Madvine Studios, 197 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
  Artstudio, 48 Eagle Street, Brooklyn, NY 
1998 - Katonah Museum of Art, "Art as Spectacle," Katonah, NY 
1997 - Pseudo Productions, 600 Broadway, New York, NY 
1996 - The Students of Professor Charles Eldred, A Memorial Alumni Exhibition,
Binghamton, NY 
 MBM Gallery, 580 Broadway, New York, NY
 
Education
 1975 - B.A., Studio Art,
State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY  
 

 Richard Meyer
www.meyon.com
meyon@earthlink.net

 

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Autumn Sacrifice
oil on linen
34" x 28"

Richard Meyer 2010

Blue Airplane
oil on linen
26 " x 20"

Richard Meyer 2010

Nature Spirits
oil on linen
30" x 24"

Richard Meyer 2010

Contortionist
oil on linen
26 " x 20"

Richard Meyer 2010

Zebra, Octopus
oil on linen
34" x 28"

Richard Meyer 2010


Woman with Dog
oil on linen
34" x 28"

Richard Meyer 2010

Suspension
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34" x 28"

Richard Meyer 2010

Martyrology
oil on linen
30" x 24"

Richard Meyer 2010

Snake Handler
oil on linen
26 " x 20"

Richard Meyer 2010

Women, Airplanes
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34" x 28"

Richard Meyer 2010


Aerialist
oil on linen
24" x 20"

Richard Meyer 2009

Lilith
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Perle Noir
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25" x 19"

Richard Meyer 2009

Scarecrow
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28" x 22"

Richard Meyer 2009

Hindus
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009


Wizard
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28" x 22"

Richard Meyer 2009

Sirens
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25" x 19"

Richard Meyer 2009

Blue Pheasant
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24" x 20"

Richard Meyer 2009

Fools
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28" x 22"

Richard Meyer 2009

Eden
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28" x 22"

Richard Meyer 2009


Aztec Empress
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Fetal Rupture
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Fakir
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Bartola
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Gambler
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009


Human Fountain
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Monkey Act
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Myrtle Corbin
oil on linen
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Richard Meyer 2009

Fiji Mermaid
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Athelia
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009


White Monkey
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24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Antaeus
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Mortification
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Aztec Exhibit
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Bird Women
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009


Iola
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Hirsute Woman
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Snake Woman
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Maximo
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009

Lavinia
oil on linen
24" x 18"

Richard Meyer 2009


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