03 Apr Doug Meyer sculptures in the New York Times
[See the full slide show here]
For the past year, Doug Meyer has taken a deep dive into the lives of some of the earliest creatives to die of AIDS and AIDS-related causes, creating likenesses of them — busts, statuettes, intaglios, multi-media sculptures and the like — which will be exhibited at a show that opens tomorrow at Liz O’Brien Gallery in New York City. Meyer studied fine art at Parsons and worked at Holly Solomon and Metro Pictures galleries before starting what would become a successful interior design business, yet he’s taken on conceptual, site-specific projects like this one every couple years.
This latest exhibition, which he calls the Heroes project, came about because he “wanted to create something to introduce a younger audience to an entire generation of true innovators that laid the ground work for what they do now.” Meyer created 50 “portraits” of the famous (Robert Mapplethorpe, Rudolf Nureyev, Freddie Mercury, Keith Haring) and the infamous (Klaus Nomi, Cookie Mueller, Haoui Montaug), many of whom he personally knew. Each is completely different, and the result of hours of research that included pouring over books, videos, movies and locating old articles, and is accompanied by historical information about each person and their obituary, usually from the New York Times. ““I felt it was necessary to, in a way, channel each individual, and this is how each portrait evolved, by immersing myself in their life and career, listening to ‘80s music and just being in the zone.”
Meyer tapped DJ Wayne Consiglio to help create a playlist that accompanies the exhibition, and has as much thought and effort behind it as the portraits themselves. “There are songs that mourn death and songs that celebrate life. There are sound clips of poignant interviews, and moments of much needed levity. But mostly, this is a collection of diverse music by an equally diverse group of talented individuals intended to stimulate memories, provoke thoughts and inspire discussion,” said Meyer.
Prices start at $900, with a portion of proceeds from the New York exhibition to benefit God’s Love We Deliver.