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.

Press

Jerry Meyer in "Antiques and the Arts Weekly" June 21, 2013

Ordinary Unhappiness

Jerry Meyer
May 16 - July 6, 2013
Opens May 16, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views

Self-Winding Guilt (detail), 2011, mixed media, 41” x 18.5” x 8.25’’

Self-Winding Guilt (detail), 2011, mixed media, 41” x 18.5” x 8.25’’


Works

The Great Disappointment

Jerry Meyer, The Great Disappointment, 2013

A Brief History of Bad Dreams

Jerry Meyer, A Brief History of Bad Dreams, 2013

Downcast Blues

Jerry Meyer, Downcast Blues, 2013

Nancy (Schadenfreude)

Jerry Meyer, Nancy (Schadenfreude), 2011

Failure to thrive

Jerry Meyer, Failure to thrive, 2013

How to Choose a Health Care Provider, 1/1 and 1 artist's proof

Jerry Meyer, How to Choose a Health Care Provider, 1/1 and 1 artist's proof, 2013

I Think I Ate Gluten, 1/1 and 1 artist's proof

Jerry Meyer, I Think I Ate Gluten, 1/1 and 1 artist's proof, 2013

Very Sorry

Jerry Meyer, Very Sorry, 2012

Auto Care

Jerry Meyer, Auto Care, 2012

Headspinner IV (One More Minute)

Jerry Meyer, Headspinner IV (One More Minute), 2012

Self-Winding Guilt

Jerry Meyer, Self-Winding Guilt, 2011

They Tried to Take Away My Second Amendment Rights

Jerry Meyer, They Tried to Take Away My Second Amendment Rights, 2013

Yikes Music

Jerry Meyer, Yikes Music, 2011

Convenient Map of Worries and Unhappiness, Local and Express

Jerry Meyer, Convenient Map of Worries and Unhappiness, Local and Express, 2011

Headspinner V (Our Expectations)

Jerry Meyer, Headspinner V (Our Expectations), 2012

The Seven Deadly Sins, 2012

Jerry Meyer, The Seven Deadly Sins, 2012, 2012

Ordinary Unhappiness: The Board Game

Jerry Meyer, Ordinary Unhappiness: The Board Game, 2012

Civilization and Its Discontents Ed. 1 of 15

Jerry Meyer, Civilization and Its Discontents Ed. 1 of 15, 2010


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