Taking its title from an old word meaning westerly progress, Westing presents an early-career survey of Jason Meyer’s sculpture. Meyer combines intensive processes with his curiosity and material sensitivity throughout works that date from 1999 to the present. Utilizing materials that shift between human-made and organic, these sculptures explore Western culture’s relationship to the natural world. Antler, hide, and soil succumb to physical abstraction, rigid structure, and geometry while steel, electrical wire, and plastic are manipulated into organic forms. Meyer’s works examine our strange position among a world that we simultaneously study, define, deny, destroy, protect, and romanticize. Westing is the second of ICA’s emerging artist retrospectives which presented new works in context with rarely seen older pieces in order to reveal formal and conceptual arcs created over time.
Jason Meyer is a Midwesterner living in the East. After receiving a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he spent a decade in Chicago before moving to Baltimore. He has shown nationally in Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, Michigan, and Kentucky drawing reviews in Sculpture, Art Papers, and various newspapers. Locally, Meyer organized and curated Regeneration as part of the 2011 Baltimore Green Week and co-curated the recent Division of Labor at Current Gallery. Jason currently lives and works in Chattanooga, where he owns and operates Range Projects.