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Recent Paintings by Heiner Meyer    6. Dez - 31. Dez 2012

Billboard II
Heiner Meyer
Billboard II
 
  
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German artist Heiner Meyer captivates viewers with his compelling images that span through art history. A constant mix of juxtaposing imagery - from classical Greek art to Hollywood icons, geishas to classic cars - his clever compositions are painted with the precision of renaissance art peppered by contemporary colors, designs and text. The canvas serves as his ultimate game where the past and present, sacred and commonplace, realistic and abstract dance along side one another.

Drawing from iconic and flashy images in popular media and commercial culture, Heiner Meyer re-appropriates designs and similarly seduces viewers. Images of dice, candy, designer shoes, and luxury cars, float along side popular icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Combining oil paint, and in some cases photo collage, Meyer treats portions of the paint with shellac, giving it a sepia-brown aura of a vintage photograph.

Meyer’s images simultaneously evoke longing for the past and a celebration of life. His luscious images transfix the viewer allowing us to temporarily engage with a place where beauty, perfection, and materialism are both celebrated and accepted. His use of past icons remind us that these idealized spaces are in fact part of a collective nostalgia for a time past. For Meyer, pop art is a fascinating means for which to express the passage of time. His works display a haphazard collection of imagery from dispart memories. Collectively they create an artful rendering stimulated by an overload of commercial culture. It is clear from his beautifying of such images that Meyer is not serving as a critic of American culture but a connoisseur. He invites the viewer to indulge in an elite part of culture that for many is out of reach- only to be “consumed” on a visual level.

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