Jerry Meyer’s Installation Virtual Tour
“My Great Grand-Grandfather’s Attempts to Turn Sexual Energy Into Electricity to Power Small Machinery Based On The Principles of Sigmund Freud and Nikola Tesla, is now available online.”
Combining appropriated text and images—deftly manipulated in Photoshop—with ancestral ephemera and other nostalgic objects, Meyer’s third solo exhibition features a new series of multimedia light boxes and a major installation.
Sigmund Freud claimed that civilization begets discontent and pathology through the repression of human instinct. His claim is manifest in Meyer’s humorous and fanciful exploration of guilt, anxiety, and neurosis. The work’s luminous, theatrical glow beckons the viewer. Closer inspection reveals Meyer’s cunning sensibility. A jukebox showcases song titles such as the Prozac Music Company’s Today Is Slightly Less Horrible Than Yesterday. Among the stops on a New York City subway map are La La Land, Out There, and Out to Lunch.
The exhibition’s centerpiece is the room-sized 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. The exterior is clad in wooden explosive crates. The interior radiates multicolored light. An antique dressmaker’s form clothed in prim Victorian attire greets us, a wire clamped firmly to its glowing nipple. Myriad electronic machinery blinks, whirs and hums in valiant effort.
Poking fun at psychology and universal fears, Meyer forces us to laugh out loud, while his work also encompasses a softer side, evident in his tender tributes to Billie Holiday and his own great aunt Ida. Enshrined in vintage wallpaper and silk flowers, the women are elevated to sainthood, while the boxes become reliquaries.
[testimonial author=”Jerry Meyer“]
“I am a visual artist and spent a year constructing a large three-dimensional installation complete with sounds for my last show at a gallery in New York City. The gallery and I wanted to be able to show images of my work to museums and potential collectors after the show closed.
I needed to recreate the experience of being inside of my installation. I thought of making a video tour, but that would be a passive experience for the viewer. Then I discovered the Virtual Tour Group. I now have the perfect way of letting others experience my work on their computers. As the viewer navigates through my installation and experiences the sounds I have created, they are back in the gallery having a virtual (yet very real) encounter with my work.
I couldn’t recommend The Virtual Tour Group more highly”