Chris Meyer is a man of many mediums. In the 1980s and ’90s, he worked in the music industry, designing musical instruments and recording devices. This experience culminated in the release of his own album – Alias Zone: Lucid Dreams – that won the AFIM Indie Award for best Electronic/Ambient album of 2003. Meanwhile, in the 1990s he migrated to the art of creating motion graphics for television, film, and other special venues: a field in which the studio he and his wife founded has won numerous awards. In the past decade he has turned his attention to mixed media art, having exhibited with groups such as Collage Artists of America, Los Angeles Experimental Artists, and The Society of Layerists in Multi-Media, as well as being featured artist at gallery shows in New Mexico. “It’s all part of a continuum,” Chris shares. “When I first became interested in music, I imagined the visuals I wished accompanied the sounds. When I started creating visuals for video and film, I imagined the physical worlds they came from. Now I’m getting a chance to create some of those worlds through my own art, and share them with others.”
I am a mixed media artist who combines modern photography and printing with traditional collage and assemblage techniques to create objects that appear to come from another time or culture. I consider myself a visual storyteller, as each piece has an inner narrative based on its source and a mythology I build for it based on what I see inside it.
My pieces start as photographs I take of rocks, ruins, petroglyphs, and petrified wood around Four Corners region of the Southwest. I look for shapes, patterns, and hidden meanings in those images, akin to the way an old-school Zuni carver studies a rock looking for an animal’s spirit to release. From there, I create collages to emphasize those patterns, balancing white space with textures, tints, and layer meanings brought by the papers. I then print my images on top to unify these real and imaginary worlds. Occasionally I will finish a piece by adding assemblage elements – including sticks, stones, beads, bones, feathers, fibers, and metals, each chosen to help convey the story embodied in the final piece – to add dimension: both to the physical work, as well as to its layers of meaning.
My goal is not to create a photograph or painting that conveys an obvious image or simple message, but instead to create an artifact – with the viewer playing the roll of archaeologist or anthropologist, either exploring its underlying story, or creating their own.