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Ordinary Unhappiness: The Board Game , 2011 Mixed Media 20.25” X 17.75” X 12” © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Ordinary Unhappiness, 2011 Mixed Media 20.25" X 17.75" X 12" © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Self-Winding Guilt , 2011 Mixed Media 41” X 18.5” X 8.25’ © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Primal Scene-scape, 2008 Mixed Media 28 X 23 X 8 © Jerry Meyer
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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, 2008 Mixed Media 32 X 24 X 6 1/2 © Jerry Meyer
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Smash-ola (detail), 2011 Mixed Media Lightbox © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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How to Choose a Health Care Provider , 2013 Giclee Print 36” X 27” © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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How to Choose a Health Care Provider , 2013 Giclee Print 36” X 27” © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Self-Winding Guilt , 2011 Mixed Media 41” X 18.5” X 8.25’ © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Ida , 2011 Mixed Media 13 X 17 3/4 X 7 3/4 © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Ida , 2011 Mixed Media 13 X 17 3/4 X 7 3/4 © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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The Ecliptic , 2009 Mixed Media 4 1/2 X 12 1/4 X 4 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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The Road to Thebes , 2005 Mixed Media 33 X 24 X 8 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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They Tried to Take Away My Second Amendment Rights , 2013 Giclee Print 36” X 27” © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Failure to thrive , 2013 Mixed Media 24.5" X 22.5" X 10" © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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I Think I Ate Gluten, 1/1 and 1 artist's proof , 2013 Giclee Print 36" X 27" © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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The Great Disappointment , 2013 Mixed Media 8' X 6' © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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The Great Disappointment , 2013 Mixed Media 8' X 6' © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Headspinner III (Not As Happy), 2012 Mixed Media 13.75” X 23” X 9.5” © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Headspinner III (Not As Happy), 2012 Mixed Media 13.75” X 23” X 9.5” © Courtesy of the artist & Denise Bibro Fine Art
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I've got a Feeling I'm Falling, 2015 Illuminated Light Box 30” X 26.25” X 7.25” © Denise Bibro Fine Art
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I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling, 2015 Mixed Media 36 X 26.25 X 7.25 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Denise Bibro Fine Art
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Very Long Distance, September 15 - October 29 2016
Quick Facts
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Statement

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.” The content of my work for the last ten years or so has been informed by a psychological awareness of contemporary civilization while the structure, materials and form of the work is a progression of illuminated wall boxes and installations.

For me, the habit of art is a means to express the absurd contradictions and paradoxes in our lives that derive from a sort of nutty self-consciousness that we all share. 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 my 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.

Perhaps ordinary unhappiness is the best we can do when we take into account the difficulties of living and the problems of aging and deterioration. If we’re fortunate we try to make peace with unfulfilled early wishes and fantasies as “nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower.”  Neurotic misery is a dramatization or acting out of inevitable disappointments.  Hopefully art and humor is a way of mastering or working through inescapable despair.  There is pleasure in looking at how we deal with our worries and perhaps more pleasure still in the aesthetic experience of what we call art.

Bio

Jerry Meyer has been working with solid acrylics (Plexiglas) since 1992.  In 1997, he began combining the acrylics with kitchen appliances ("under-appreciated icons of our lives") and adding electric light. He then expanded upon his use of Plexiglas by incorporating other plastic materials as a source of translucent color, such as water guns, screwdriver handles, 45 vinyl records, plastic jewelry and plastic toys. In 2004 he began a series of illuminated wall boxes. For his third solo New York City exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Arts in 2011, he created a large free-standing installation, MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER'S ATTEMPTS TO TURN SEXUAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICITY TO POWER SMALL MACHINERY BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF SIGMUND FREUD AND NIKOLA TESLA.

In his youth Meyer studied painting and took art classes as a teenager at the Museum of Modern Art Annex School in New York City. He studied art history at Brown University. After attending Yale Medical School, he pursued portrait and landscape painting with Roger Van Damme and others. Since 1998, he has devoted himself full-time to his art work. Meyer's constructions, including commissioned pieces, are in numerous collections.

Jerry Meyer CV

 

Solo Exhibitions

2013                       Ordinary Unhappiness, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

2011                       Civilization and Its Discontents, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

2009                       Memory Boxes, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

2007                       Memory Boxes, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

2000                       PABA Gallery, New Haven, CT

1998                       PABA Gallery, New Haven, CT

 

Selected Group Exhibitions               

2013               Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL

2012              Art Miami, Miami, FL

                        Art Southampton, Southampton, NY

                        Art Wynwood, Miami, FL

2011              Art Miami, Miami, FL

2011             Summer Selections 2011, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

2010           Winter Salon 2010, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

                     Summer Selections 2010, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

                      Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, New York

                      Art Miami, Miami, Florida

2009            Summer Selections 2009, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

                     Winter Salon, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC

2008             Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY & London, UK

                     Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

2005              Foreign/Domestic Show, Artspace, New Haven, CT

                       Arts Council of Greater New Haven, New Haven, CT

2004              Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME

                      The Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH

2003             City-Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT

                        Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine

2002             Wave Gallery, Westport, CT

2001             San Jose Rep Gallery, San Jose, California

2000              Studio E Gallery, Lake Worth, FL

                      Rising to the Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT

1999            The Art Miami Expo, Miami, FL

                      Bertone Gallery, Montclair, NJ

                     The Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, California

1998           The Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, California

                     The Granary Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

1997           E.S. Lawrence Gallery, Aspen, CO

 

Reviews

“For Which It Stands: Americana in Contemporary Art”, by Carla Sakamoto, The Curated Collection, 2012  ArtNews, “Civilization and Its Discontents,” by Valerie Glasdstone, Summer 2011

Flavorwire, Visual Artist, “Jerry Meyer’s Freudian Jukeboxes, Maps, and Trivial Pursuit Games,” Judy Berman, May 23, 2011

Designboom, “Jerry Meyer: Civilization and Its Discontents,” May, 2011

The Village Voice, “Best in Show: Jerry Meyer at Denise Bibro Fine Art,” by Robert Shuster, May 4, 2011               

City Arts, “Winter Salon: 2010 – 2011,” by Maureen Mullarkey, January 2011

Where, “Time Capsules,” Trisha S. McMahon, editor, June 2009

New Haven Register, “Rainbow Glow,” by Judy Birke, December 30, 2001

The New Haven Advocate, “Home is Where the Art Is.  Jerry Meyer:  Illuminations,” by Hank Hoffman, July 20, 2000

New Haven Register, “With a Light Touch, an Artist Transforms the Everyday,” by Judy Birke, July 16, 2000

New Haven Register, “Reanimating Old Objects,” by Andrea Higgins, July 2, 2000

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