Diane Meyer received a BFA in Photography from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 1999 and an MFA in Visual Arts from The University of California, San Diego in 2002.
Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester; the 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica; AIR Gallery, NYC, The Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; SPARC, South Pasadena and the Granary Contemporary Art Center, Ephraim, Utah. She was recently part of a two person exhibition at Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana.
Her work has also been shown in numerous group shows in the United States and abroad including at the George Eastman Museum, Rochester; Robert Mann Gallery, NYC; Regina Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Klompching Gallery, NYC; The Brattleboro Museum of Art, VT; Burrad Arts Foundation, Vancouver; Kunstagentur Dresden, Germany; Große Rathaus, Landshut, Germany; the Diffusion International Photography Festival, Cardiff, Wales; Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica; the Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles; ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam; Fototropia, Guatemala City; Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Field Projects, NYC; China House, Penang, Malaysia; Galerie Huit, Arles, France; Project 42, Alkmaar, The Netherlands; Große Rathaus Galerie, Landshut; The Clarinda Carnegie Museum, IA; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; The Helsinki Biennale, Finland; CUE Art Foundation, NYC; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago; Field Projects, New York; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins; The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; The Seaport Cultural Center, NYC; Cuchifritos Gallery, NYC; Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, NYC; Lennox Contemporary, Toronto; Rotunda Gallery, NYC; Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC; Spaces Gallery, Cleveland; Jessica Murray Projects, NYC; Arthouse, Austin; and the Holter Museum of Art, Helena.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, Rochester; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Clarinda Carnegie Museum, Clarinda, IA.
Former Guard Tower Off Puschkinallee, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 10.5 x 13.25 inches, 2013
Bernauer Strasse I, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 2.5 x 3.25 inches, 2012
Brandenburg Gate, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 14 x 16 inches, 2015
This ongoing series of hand-sewn photographs were taken along the entire 104 mile path of the former Berlin Wall.
Sections of the photographs have been obscured by cross-stitch embroidery sewn directly into the photograph. The embroidery is made to resemble pixels and borrows the visual language of digital imaging in an analog, tactile process. In many images, the embroidered sections represent the exact scale and location of the former Wall offering a pixelated view of what lies behind. In this way, the embroidery appears as a translucent trace in the landscape of something that no longer exists but is a weight on history and memory. I am interested in the porous nature of memory as well the means by which photography transforms history into nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past. By visually referencing pixelization, I am making a connection between forgetting and file corruption.
The images were taken in the city center as well as the outskirts of city where I followed the former path of the wall through suburbs and forests. I was particularly interested in photographing locations where no visible traces of the actual wall remain but where one can still see subtle clues of its previous existence. Often the embroidered sections of the image run along the horizon line forming an unnatural separation that blocks the viewer. This aspect of the sewing emphasizes the unnatural boundaries created by the wall itself.
Erna-Berger Strasse, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 8 x 9.75 inches, 2013
Mauer Park, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 8.5 x 11 inches, 2012
Mauer Park- Back (DETAIL)
Checkpoint Charlie, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 7 x 9 inches, 2015
Plants, Former Offices of the State Secret Police, Hand Sewn ARchival Ink Jet Print, 5 x 7 inches, 2012
Bernauer Strasse II, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 6 x 7 inches, 2016
Ferris Wheel, Spree Park, Former DDR Amuseument Park, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 5 x 7 inches, 2013
Housing Project, Planterwald, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 7.75 x 9.75 inches, 2013
Basketball Court, Park am Nordbahnhoff, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 10x 12 inches, 2013
Former Wall Area Between Rudow and Altglienicke, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 12x 14.5 inches, 2013
Benches, Mitte, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 5.5 x 6.75 inches, 2017
House, Former Wall Area Near Lichterfelde-Sud, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 6 x 7 inches, 2017
Stairs, Bösebrücke, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 6 x 7 inches, 2016
Interrogation Room of the State Secret Police, Hohenschoenhausen, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 5.5 x 7 inches, 2014
Forest, Hohen Neuendorf, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 11.5 x 14 inches, 2017
Pool, Olympiadstadion, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 8 x 10 inches, 2014
Potsdamer Platz, Hand Sewn Archival Ink Jet Print, 8 x 10 inches, 2017
To view more of Diane Meyer’s work please visit her website.
8.25″x10.75″, 256 pages,
Edition Size 1500
ISBN : 978-1-944005-18-4
Printed in the Netherlands
Introduction by : The Editors
Guest Curators and Interviews by :
Small Talk Collective