oil on canvas
40.75" x 51.5"
(b. 1982 – Cleveland, OH) Mike Meier mixes varied cultural references and histories to create layered paintings that occupy the space between the imagined, remembered, and real. The paintings dramatically shift focus from blurred landscapes to crisp images derived from cartoons and cross-generational pop culture. Each element is collaged over the top of the other with little or no visual transition. The shifting perspectives and varied subject matter contribute to a feeling of something not quite permanent, founded outside the world of the remembered.
In this work, we see the snickering Hanna Barbera character Dick Dastardly paired with human hands loading the barrel of gun. In the background, there is a blurred image of the Branch Davidian Waco complex on fire, the murderous result of two unyielding forces occupying a single territorial space.
Meier received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has been exhibited in a variety of group and solo shows, including exhibitions at the Cleveland State University Galleries, Kent State University-Trumbull Campus, and Zygote Press. Meier is a Lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Art.