Katherine Meyer: Territories of Experience


DATESFebruary 1 – May 4, 2014

RECEPTIONFriday, February 21, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Katherine Meyer, Behind the Airport, n.d., Charcoal

One of the great joys for a curator is meeting new artists, most especially when their artwork arrests them with its melding of aesthetic splendor with ideas that elevate the work above the mere rendering of a subject. Such was our joy when we first met Katherine Meyer and was introduced to her wondrous charcoal drawings.  Sheet after sheet of landscapes passed before our eyes, foliage so tenderly executed that I forgot I was looking at monochromatic drawings, and we were transported.  We had not been to these places the artist so lovingly portrayed, but we knew them well.  The absence, in the drawings we saw, of any specific locale shifted my view from mere documentation of specific sites, to geographies of memory and dream.  Soft shadows played at my vision, and my own memories, my own dreams swam before me.  I determined then and there that this was an artist whose work needed to be experienced. 

A few months later we had the pleasure of calling Katherine Meyer to offer her a solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art.  But there was a problem.  Meyer was already in discussion with the Vargas Gallery at Mission College, also in Santa Clara, for a solo show at the same time as the time we had available at the Triton.  (Her art had worked its magic on more than one Curator.)  Every problem, though, has a solution, and the solution to this problem was not hard to find: museum and gallery would team their efforts and the work of Katherine Meyer would be the focus of a dual-venue exhibition!  This of course set up another problem, namely for the artist, who now had to deal with an embarrassment of opportunities, and to create enough work for both shows.  Fortunately Meyer was up to the task, and the results are spectacular. 

It is with great pleasure that we present the sensitive charcoal drawings of Katherine Meyer, and that we partner with our sister institution, the Vargas Gallery at Mission College, in its presentation.  It is work to be felt as well as seen, and for anyone curious about how to employ a medium usually associated with preliminary drawings, to create finished works of sublime meaning, it is work to be studied as well. 


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