jERRY MEYER: Ordinary Unhappiness

May 16 - July 6, 2013

Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, NYC is pleased to announce Jerry Meyer’s fourth solo exhibition, Ordinary Unhappiness, on view through July 6, 2013. Meyer’s solo features a new series of multimedia light boxes and a new major installation. His works continue to combine appropriated text and images – deftly manipulated in Photoshop – with ancestral ephemera and other nostalgic objects. The work is informed by a psychological awareness of civilization.

The title of the exhibition, Ordinary Unhappiness, comes from Sigmund Freud’s 1895 Studies on Hysteria: “…Much will be gained if we succeed in transforming your neurotic misery into ordinary unhappiness.” As Meyer elaborates, “…We worry. If we’re well, we worry that we might fall ill. If someone says we look well, maybe they’re just saying that because we look lousy…” The humor in his pieces taps into and gives voice to these worries, which are never too far from our awareness. “We have an incredible ability not to be in the moment…Hopefully art and humor is a way of mastering or working through inescapable despair. There is pleasure in looking how we deal with our worries and perhaps more pleasure still in the aesthetic of what we call art.”

Meyer has exhibited widely at venues including the Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT; Artspace, New Haven, CT; Art Miami, Miami, Fl; Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY; the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT; The San Jose Rep Gallery, San Jose, CA; and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH. Among his reviews are, Civilization and Its Discontents, ARTNEWS review, by Valerie Gladstone, 2011; Flavorwire, Visual Artist, Jerry Meyer’s Freudian Jukeboxes, Maps, and Trivial Pursuit Games, Judy Berman, 2011; Designboom, Jerry Meyer: Civilization and its Discontents, 2011; The Village Voice, Best in Show: Jerry Meyer at Denise Bibro Fine Art, by Robert Shuster and most recently he has been featured in For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art, curated by Carla Sakamoto, published by The Curated Collection, 2012.