Bernard C. Meyers is recognized internationally as an artist and master printer. His work is held in public, private, and corporate collections nationwide. He is represented by the Klotz Gallery in New York. Portfolios can be seen at bernardcmeyers.com. His pursuit of beauty and the abstract has been an unwavering life long passion.
Bernard earned an MFA in traditional printmaking, etching and lithography and a BFA in photography as a fine art from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In the eighties he founded and managed a fine art printing business, Portland Photographics specializing in portfolio and an exhibition photographic printing. This rapidly became one of the finest photographic printing facilities drawing clients from Magnum, National Geographic, ICP and photographers from around the world. From 1990 through 2010 his photographic studio specialized in architectural photography and art reproduction.
Bernard has taught photography at the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine, Rochester Institute of Technology and the Maine Workshops and currently at the Waterford School in Sandy. Throughout all of this time he has continued to exhibit work. Klotz gallery has featured his work at the last three AIPAD shows. His exhibition history includes numerous group and solo shows. In 2017 early Urban Abstracts work was a solo show of large prints exhibited at the Rochester Institute of Technology University Gallery.
My intent is to explore uncommon collisions of color, form and scale within architecture. I want to rattle the bones of a building, shake common perceptions of concrete reality. I want the temporal elements shifting between both the original architecture and my imagination. I see immense potential dividing line, establishing pattern and color as new visual possibilities. For me the division of line is paramount. The original geometric intentions of structure degrade, line will wander, spaces and color create new context. These images show a world off kilter, where conventional space is fraught; as if caught between positive ends of magnets.
Committed to lens based capture I have ask myself the question. What is visually possible with new cutting edge technologies and software and how can I apply it to my work? Within that question this project was born. From a background as an architectural view camera photographer I found an independent language between the structural impossibilities of M.C. Escher and the complex color spaces of Richard Diebencorn. Throughout my career as an artist my guiding premise, from Minor White, has always been, photograph something not for what it is but for what it can become.
Bernard C. Meyers
As I walked the streets of Cusco and Puno the walls were verdant, shouting out the stain of third world. I witnessed the brash, the faded, the layers and inklings of all unwilling to be denied, silent screams for recognition. I took notice of this layered epistle, the unseen light among the dirty shadows.
This is a codex of time, past and present, tattered and torn. The melding moments born from sun and rain, all evidence, the trace resignations that life can bring. I see cautionary tales of promotion and poverty, politics and people, grit and grime the life cycles, palimpsests posted on the walls of urban Peru.
“To fathom mystery, one must plunge into its depths or be graced by an
encounter with that hidden vortex at the dim edges of life.”
When is a photograph not a photograph but something more? How does
an image exceed the territories between reality and metaphor? When and where
are the roots of creativity, of heightened awareness, of a higher consciousness?
How do I enter into and explore these hinterlands at will? I began asking these
questions with my graduate thesis and have scrutinized them for decades.
I am enamored with the surprises of light and structure. The space and
presence, the undulation and beguiling ways light moves through glass, plastic
and screen, the overlap of one dimension into another, the complications
between layers and what lies beyond the realm of reality. The narrative here is
explores an illusive place, the vantage point between the world of our
constructed socialized realities and everything else beyond.
These images these moments are akin to a waking dream, a spiritual
experience that ventures into other realms of consciousness. Philosophers, clerics
and physicists all flirt with the idea that we function on more than one plane of
existence simultaneously — that acceptance alone opens the door, the possibility
of other worlds. Through my images I am looking for the key, the algorithm, a
secret garden, for the east gate of the tabernacle. I know only now that these
doors can open anywhere at any time. I need only to lose my own importance, to
silence any internal conversations simply to stop, sense and see. More often than
not I find myself within the veil, separate realities at every side.
These are all “straight” photographs. My hope is that these transcend the
everyday, the documentary, to become something more, ripe with intrigue and
mystery. I embrace ambiguity and the abstract as a gateway to the unknown. At
best, I wander its intricate edges. Most of all I pray these images provide some
tangible experience, a diaphanous glimpse into the boundaries between worlds
Bernard C. Meyers