KYLE MEYER

“Unidentified 176a”, 2018, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer

Italiano (Italian)

Kyle Meyer (b. Ohio,1985) is a multidisciplinary visual artist. He graduated in 2009 with a BA in Photography from The City College of New York and an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2016.

“Over the past several years, my artistic foundation in photography has been plagued with a single question: how can a digital image serve any human connection when it is entirely produced – and ubiquitously reproduced – by mechanical means (camera, computer, printer). This has led to extensive research and apprenticeship with handicraft artisans, exploring the tactile potential of photography. Throughout each successive body of work I create, traces of the handmade are present, be it weaving, hand-dying, or layering – all which add a form of texture, dimension, and ultimately additional meaning to my work.While this first pursuit is predominantly experimental and process driven, there is also a perpetual analytical inquiry about my own identity as a gay man and the LGBTQ communities with whom I identify.”

Kyle’s work also laboriously questions the potency of digital photography by embracing the haptic qualities of craft.

Unidentified 104”,2018, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Approximately 67 x 44 inches (168 x 112 cm), Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer

Unidentified 100”,2018, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer 

For the series Interwoven, Kyle explores the challenges of homosexuality in a hyper-masculine culture within Swaziland, where  the  homosexuality is illegal.

The artist, inspiring by the weaving local techniques, hand-shred the printed male portraits, and then weave them with local fabric typically worn by women with which Kyle mades unique wraps on each of their heads. It would be taboo for men to wear these head-wraps in public, as that would indicate homosexual tendencies.. Each man’s gaze is directly on the viewer as if demanding attention to their true identity while still being hidden behind the fabric, which is a metaphor for their culture suppression.

Source: https://www.thekylemeyer.co
https://www.yossimilo.com/artists/kyle-meyer

Photos has been taken from the artist’s website and are covered by copyright  

Unidentified Couple 7”, 2018, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Approximately 90″ x 60″ (228.5 x 152.5 cm), Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer

“Unidentified 174”, 2018, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer 

Unidentified 164”, 2019, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Approximately 54″ x 36″ (137 x 91.5 cm), Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer

Unidentified Couple 6”, 2018, From the series Interwoven, Archival Pigment Print Hand Woven with Wax Print Fabric, Unique, copyright Kyle Meyer

“Unidentified 119, Unidentified 121, Unidentified Couple 1”, Interwoven installation, Yossi Milo Gallery, 2018, copyright Kyle Meyer

Unidentified 2, Unidentified Couple 8”, from the series Interwoven, Interwoven installation, Yossi Milo Gallery, 2018, copyright Kyle Meyer

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