I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Jin Meyerson, Continents Between Us (2018). Oil on canvas. 150 x 195.5 cm. Courtesy Pearl Lam Galleries.
Before the Beginning and After the End at Pearl Lam Galleries is a culmination of what Jin Meyerson describes as his "greatest hits and misses", comparable to a rock star compiling their chart toppers alongside little-known B-sides. Spanning seven years, they contain hints at his accumulated perspective and the defining experiences of his evolution as an artist.
Meyerson was born in Incheon, South Korea, and spent his first years in an orphanage. At the age of five he was adopted by a Jewish-Swedish family and raised in Minnesota. His upbringing was just the start of his multicultural experience; as he jokes, "I was multicultural before the term was invented".
Jin Meyerson is an American abstract painter who is currently based in Seoul and Hong Kong. He creates highly detailed and heavily distorted process-driven oil paintings, composed of images gathered from multiple sources—movies, television news, sports channels, advertisements, computer graphics, books and magazines—that mirror the overwhelming barrage of visual information provided by urban life.
Born in Incheon City, Korea, in 1972, Meyerson was adopted by a Jewish-Swedish couple from rural Minnesota at four years of age and raised in the Midwest. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and graduated with an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts two years later.
In the painting Broadacre (2013–14), Meyerson depicts a densely populated street in a chaotic, dystopian Hong Kong, its buildings stacked on top of each other and overgrown mossy tree branches wedged between them. The megalopolis featured again as an inspiration for the paintings in his solo show No Rest for the Wicked at Perrotin, Hong Kong, in 2013, including Untitled (Four Seasons) (2013) which features dishevelled hotel room sheets from his sleepless first night in the city.
Central Connection (2014), The Air We Breathe (2015) and Japantown (2016) are all psychedelic images of expansive industrial landscapes. Their impossibly curved metal walkways and factory pipes are created by Meyerson's highly physical method of production in which he takes his source images and stretches, layers, or recolours them using a computer or manually twists and scans them. Meyerson then recreates the dizzying, marbled effects in oil on canvas, producing complex multi-dimensional pieces that breathe life into our crowded modern cities.
In 2004, Meyerson held his first solo show—More than You Want, Less than You Need—at New York's LFL Gallery. He moved to Paris two years later and lived there until 2010, upon which he traveled to Changdong, Seoul, for a residency sponsored by the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea. Since then, Meyerson has been based in various areas of Asia and has featured the region's cities and their relentless pace and impressive architecture throughout his work.
Meyerson's work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; Saatchi Gallery, London; Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels; Dean Valentine, Los Angeles; Jerry Speyer Family Collection, New York; Yuz Foundation, Jakarta; and the Taguchi Art Collection, Japan. Selected solo shows include Accidental Tourist, Perrotin, Paris (2006); Progress is No Longer a Guarantee, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin (2007); Rare Earth, Yuz Foundation, Jakarta (2011); Endless Frontier 2, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai (2014); Nowadays, nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo (2015); and A Nexus of Art and Architecture, 520 West 28th Street, New York (2017).
Hong Kong — Before the Beginning and After the End is a solo exhibition by Jin Meyerson, an American artist, of Korean heritage, currently based in Seoul. The exhibition is a singular universal, albeit, at times bewildering narrative envisioned by the artist's deeply personal and culturally global experiences. Meyerson is an early pioneer of the use of computer graphics and image sampling, and a self-confessed visual junkie. On view is a bundled network of paintings and works on paper drawn from the past decade and presented collectively like a greatest hits/misses album. For Meyerson, the paintings are a commentary on our contemporary perceptions of the historical present and the history of painting itself.
With the speed and pace of today's world of images and stories, our experiences are increasingly temporary, fleeting and almost entirely indiscernible.
Meyerson states: 'And yet, through the cacophony, universal forms and stories persist. Like singular pure notes that ring true; despite the symphonic blunderbuss of noise, when we listen, look closely and endure a mono-myth emerges. Compounding, any sense of comprehension is the accumulation of history. Every minute in the present is the oldest in the record of humanity. We live in a time where the reorganization of our perceptions of history is constantly being updated by jostling, competing cultures, opinions and agendas. To this degree, the evolution of our perceptions and the ability to digest simultaneous multiple images and meanings has now evolved to where we can view several distinctive sources without losing sight of the conceptual whole.'
The artworks displayed here, at Meyerson's latest solo exhibition are, in essence, an exercise and celebration of this newly evolved ability of global human perception.
Drawing on Meyerson's own experience with Hong Kong's densely-packed cityscape, Broadacre awaits us in the birthplace of its own inspiration. Borrowing the concept of Le Corbusier's original designs, the artwork also enkindles Frank Lloyd Wright's utopian and modernist community plan of the same name.
The Age of Everyone comments on the Arab Spring, the Umbrella Movement and the global phenomenon of public social protests of the day. Infusing Meyerson's memory of standing in front of gothic stained glasswork, the image is intentionally quasi-religious and sampled from images of rock festivals, streets fairs and the landscape of the Fukushima disaster.
Adding another dose of reminiscent of Hong Kong, Untitled (4 Seasons) was created with multiple layers of the artist's personal iPhone images. Consumed by insomnia, the photos were taken from his very first night in Hong Kong. The sheets of the bed at the Four Seasons Hotel served as quiet reminders of the patterns of distortion in his compositions.
Both sampled and sourced from the sprouting spring flowers at the disaster site of Fukushima, The Resonance of Resurrection and Sanctuary articulates the contemporary idea of the aura, transmitted through a frequency of polarized colour and tonality, while using an identical composition.
Tapping into a long tradition of mono-type printing, Don't You Forget About Me and Learning to Let Go showcase an updated version of a technique invented by bored American housewives and posted on YouTube, primarily for creating faithful reproductions of their beloved family pets, where acrylic polymer is employed to fuse a simple image onto a piece of wood. Meyerson brings images of his finished paintings and fuses the images onto another piece of paper, removing certain sections while also leaving the remnants of the top layer or plate to form a singular and unique whole. The finished artworks themselves became a series of self-sampled and process-driven gestures, questioning the final context of the original artwork.
The Evolution of Perception, Before the Beginning and After the End, and Continents Between Us fuse images of abandoned warehouses in the US and China that are pushed through a process of analogue distortion wherein the 'base' images are performatively manipulated by hand while they are being scanned face down. This is done hundreds of times, catalogued, curated and collaged together into compositions. As the process develops, they then become highly detailed oil paintings, often times departing from, and breathing life into, the flattened digital sketches.
Incheon, Origin, and Confession are a selection of Meyerson's new abstract pictures debuting at this exhibition. Having grown up with the legacy of artists like Richter, Polke, and Kippenberger, the artist has been creating work that bridges the gap between representation and abstraction for the past two decades. The three artworks are residual, re-purposed process paintings where the artist uses the remnants of the material from the above-mentioned paintings to re-create entirely new compositions. On view is de-collaged masking tape, which is physically taken from the process of making other paintings and collaged palette scrapings.
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February, 1888. A small, cheerless room in the south of France. Vincent Van Gogh has come here to escape the grey Paris light, but this doesn't seem much better. He flings down his heavy pack, takes a seat on a lone wooden chair, unlaces his boots. Yes, you think, have a nap; this is all exhausting. But no – he arranges the beaten-up old shoes on...
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