Kipley A. Meyer
Kipley Meyer's work is very physical, requiring a constant flow of motion and concentration. He tends to use just a few specific textures and colors. Although this creates certain limitations, or rather, parameters, it also allows for more freedom to explore the ideas and ideals put forth within this framework. Symbolic in nature, this work speaks from the artist's heart, arising from a personal desire to understand himself and others.
Meyer carves solid domestic hardwoods using chisels, planes, routers, and chainsaws. He begins the building process by choosing seasoned or kiln-dried wood. The wood is then studied to understand what each piece can offer to the work. Meyer looks for flat, stable boards, but will also incorporate any knots, checks, or crevices that he feels will enhance the overall message of the sculpture. The planks are edge-glued like a table top, and on larger pieces, the backs are reinforced with cleats with oversized screw holes. This helps allow for subtle wood movement that may occur through the years due to temperature and humidity changes. Meyer will often utilize rusted nails, brads, and washers before finishing the piece with natural milk paint and wax.
Kipley Meyer was born in 1958 and hails from Decatur, Georgia. Working with wood since 1988, Meyer maintains a studio in the countryside outside of Atlanta, where he lives with his family. Meyer exhibits his work at a variety of shows, including the American Craft Council Shows in Baltimore and Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum Show, the Crafts America Shows in Palm Beach, Florida, and 4 Bridges in Chattanooga. He is also an exhibiting member of the Piedmont Craftsmen Guild of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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American Craft Council 2009 , Baltimore Maryland, Baltimore Convention Center, 2009
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF), Watkinsville, GA, Historic school house, 2008, 2006, 2005.
Madison National Juried arts , Madison, GA, Madison Cultural Center, 2005
New Works in Wood, Athens GA, Bertlsman Gallery, 2008