Melissa Meyer “Recent Work”

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Melissa Meyer recounted recently that during an event at Christies auction house she happened upon a display of the famous Bob Dylan electric guitar accompanied by several sheets of hand-written lyrics that had been found in the guitar case. She described that she found herself keenly interested in his handwriting and how it expressed a sense of temperament. Generally legible, his handwriting has a kind of urgency and tension. About one of the sheets, a handwriting analyst wrote that it appears Dylan “prefers directness, accuracy, exactness and simplicity.” One senses that Meyer favors those qualities as well. Her paintings are accumulations of very sure-handed calligraphic marks that intertwine, overlap or abut each other, on top of pale colors laid down to establish the tone of each work. The gestures are often spiky and angular with a quality of tensile strength, and sometimes feature suave curves and a more relaxed tempo. Tempo is something also very much on Meyer’s mind. Several of the paintings – Box Step, Do-Si-Do, and Shuffle – are named for dance steps. Di gala is a musical term meaning “gaily, merrily” and Desto means “sprightly, briskly.” The liveliness of the high-keyed colors of these paintings is in keeping with their affinity for music and dance. The largest and most recent painting in the exhibition, Devlin, is a riot of saturated colors with an overlay of darker hues. It is that aspect, the dark gestures holding the surface, which connects the work to the other largescale paintings in the exhibition.



from January 09, 2014 to February 15, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-01-09 from 18:00 to 20:00


Melissa Meyer

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