Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Heavy Metal

Posted in art, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on June 30, 2012

Sitting around the house with a broken right hand is no fun. To provide me with a little entertainment and generally rid me of my recent, Virginia Woolfish reclusiveness, my good friend (and metal sculptor), Joshua Meyer, invited me to his home and studio to watch as he completed a new work for his upcoming exhibition, centered around circus performers. We grabbed some beers, turned the dial on his stereo up, and got to work.

Josh works in a very organic way. Beginning with the base, he builds upward, and considers each additional piece against the overall form of the artwork. Inspired by modernist metal workers like David Smith and Julio Gonzalez, Meyer is motivated by the rhythm and flow of intersecting lines, curves, and textures in his pieces. He divulged to me that the torsos of his works act as the fulcrums, balancing and informing the wild interplay of lines which are the appendages. He also told me that, in the torsos, the expressive potential of his art is best represented, and I witnessed first-hand how much he labors over getting this section of his work to be just the way that he wants it to be.

As Mr. Meyer’s exhibition draws closer, I’ll post information on where and when to see it.

Without my right hand, it is impossible for me to do hand-held photography, so this was an interesting exercise in clever tripod positioning (this post was written entirely with my left-hand!). Working in this way forces you to be slower and more deliberate with your picture-taking. I also needed to be less reactive and more anticipatory, which was a challenge in and of itself. Hopefully, you all will enjoy the pics, and we’ll see each other soon at Josh’s opening!


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  1. cnaffziger said, on June 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Josh is a badass.

  2. Jason Gray said, on June 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Ha ha. Yes, he is, despite also being a really nice guy.

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