Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present Jerry Meyer: Memory Boxes, on view May 14 through June 20, 2009. Meyer’s second solo exhibition at the gallery features a new series of multi-media light boxes, together with other illuminated sculptural works. The work evokes a dramatic personal narrative—often a reconstruction of the artist’s own childhood memories—rife with humor, sentiment, and sometimes sadness.
Building his own plexiglas boxes, to which he adds ancestral ephemera, family photos and other nostalgic objects, Meyer illuminates them with found light sources as well as various types of bulbs and colored filters. His sophisticated sense of engineering and lighting lend nuance and elegance to these assemblage compositions. The work bristles with the theatricality of a stage set, yet summons the sacredness of objects displayed in reliquaries or shrines. Deeply fascinated by psychology, Meyer often conjures family dynamics such as parent-child love expressed through physical bonding, or suggests that the recollection of unconditional parental love may be a potent antidote to the inevitability of loss and separation. The work is at once personal and universal—the artist’s sentiments are right there on the surface, offered to the viewer with vulnerability and gentle wit.
Jerry Meyer’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout the United States, such as Artspace, New Haven, CT; the Art Miami and Red Dot Art Fairs, both in Miami, FL; as well as the Red Dot Fairs in New York City and London; the Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT; the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT; the San Jose Rep Gallery, San Jose, CA; and the Sharon Arts Center in Petersborough, NH.