Rearrangement Series 2, 2018, Watercolor on cut paper, 15.75 x 12 in.
Contemporary Art Matters is pleased to present Rearrangement, an online exhibition of collages by Melissa Meyer. This group of six small works on paper will be presented in the gallery’s back room, on our website and on Artsy July 22 – August 31, 2021.
Melissa Meyer is a New York based abstract painter known for her lyrical paintings and calligraphic approach. Her approach is layered and thoughtful, intuitive and responsive. This group of collages reveals another step in the creative process. Meyer reconsidered a selection of drawings, cut up and rearranged into new collages. The original drawings are made in the studio, as well as during travels and reveal her responding to place, to ideas and other inspirations. What is so exceptional in the finished pieces here is the renewed energy conveyed. The gestures and colors play off of one another to create a new symphony. The paper edges add a sculptural element full of drama and purpose. It’s a combination, a layering of studies to achieve a richer, deeper experience.
Melissa Meyer received both a BS and an MA from New York University. Her lengthy exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York; Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York; Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; Holly Solomon Gallery, New York and Galerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland. Meyer’s development has been surveyed in two traveling exhibitions – one originated at the New York Studio School and the second at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Her works have been included recently in group exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, New York; Texas Gallery, Houston; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York and the National Academy of Design in New York, an organization of which she is a member.
She has completed public commissions in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Bishkek US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. Her work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum and many other public and private collections across the United States. Meyer was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation and a fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation. She is a frequent artist in residence at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York as well as at the Vermont Studio Center.
Rearrangement Series 6, 2018, Watercolor on cut paper, 15.75 x 12 in.
Collage During Lockdown, 2020, Watercolor on cut paper, 14 x 14 in.