Cover Image: Marke Meyer - The Stillness Between Hanging On & Letting Go
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The poetry of the human body remains his only playground.
Meyer studied art privately, with his passion for sculpture and photography. He uses these tools to understand and explore the human figure. With growing success as an artist, he was finally able to sell his horticultural business and set out to take on an artistic career full time.
The energy present between Meyer and the model becomes the breath of life in his work. Meyer’s creative methodology begins with clay modeling using live models as reference. The pieces are then cast in bronze. He is content working in any scale from hand-held artworks to life-size constructions. According to Meyer, mould-making is an indispensable skill set in the sculpturing process. Marke Meyer is essentially a poet at heart. Having abandoned the pen and paper in exchange for space itself, he now uses sculpture to create his own unique, quirky concoction of ‘visual poetry’. According to Marke: “Figures fascinate me...especially the female figure. I prefer the nude figure as it is free of context allowing for an open-ended expression of abstract concepts and emotions. The figure, metaphoric in every sense, describes a state of mind, or more often the projection of ‘mind’ into a space removed...a mind-space perhaps. This is a comfortable, magical space without restraint or restriction. The human body, either in frenetic movement or caught at rest, remains my only playground”. He currently practices as a full time sculptor and art photographer.
Born in Kokstad, he spent his childhood in the mountains of Lesotho and matriculated from Westville Boys’ High School in 1981. He acquired a B.Sc. Agric. (Hort) and graduated in 1987. He subsequently opened his own wholesale nursery business which he ran successfully for eighteen years. Meyer studied art privately throughout these years, with his passion for sculpture and photography, using these tools to understand and explore the human figure. With growing success as an artist, he was finally able to sell the horticultural business and set out to take on an artistic career full time.
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BRONZE ON STAINLESS STEEL 2015 / Pp.6-7
BRONZE SUSPENDED 2013-2016 / Pp.8-13
BRONZE ON CAESARSTONE 2011-2016 / Pp.14-21
BRONZE ON GRANITE 2014 / Pp.22-23
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BRONZE ON STAINLESS STEEL
Marke Meyer Samâ€™s Sister & the Little Box of Happiness Bronze on stainless steel 1.16x1.53x0.27m (67kg) 2015
Marke Meyer The Stillness Between Hanging On & Letting Go Bronze suspended 0.66x0.4x0.9m (32kg) 2013
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Marke Meyer Finding My Feet Bronze suspended 1.43x1.0x0.86m (49kg) 2016
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Opposite page: Marke Meyer Wayward Dreams Bronze suspended 1.36x0.56x0.6m (46kg) 2015
Marke Meyer A Breath of Whimsy Bronze suspended 1.47x0.27x0.33m (32kg) 2013
Marke Meyer Fragrant Memories of a Wild Moon Drifting Bronze suspended 0.6x0.96x0.62m (55kg) 2015
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Marke Meyer Taunting Gravity Bronze suspended 0.46x0.38x0.96m (10.5kg) 2015
BRONZE ON CAESARSTONE
Marke Meyer Summer Bronze on Caesarstone 0.55x2.0x0.5m (280kg) 2014
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Marke Meyer Chocolate & Sushi Bronze on Caesarstone 0.75x0.64x0.3m (48.8kg) 2013
Marke Meyer Inner Sense Bronze on Caesarstone 0.39x0.23x0.88m (18.4kg) 2013
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Marke Meyer Ensnared by a Dream Clay original – Bronze cast on exhibition 0.83x0.25x0.55m (26kg) 2016
Marke Meyer Bianca’s Dream Bronze on Caesarstone 0.83x0.25x0.55m (24.5kg) 2011
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Marke Meyer Autumn Bronze on Caesarstone 0.52x0.6x0.8m (120kg) 2013
Marke Meyer A Time to Drift Bronze on Caesarstone 0.17x0.17x0.53m (4.5kg) 2014 Marke Meyer In Full Flight Bronze on Caesarstone 0.17x0.26x0.66m (4.5kg) 2014 Marke Meyer Blown Away Bronze on Caesarstone 0.2x0.36x0.56m (4.5kg) 2014
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BRONZE ON GRANITE
Marke Meyer Into Thin Air Bronze on granite 0.53x1.3x1.77m (130kg) 2014
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SOLO aims to profile the works of some of South Africaâ€™s most talented up and coming artists as well as artists who have already established themselves on the local and international art scene. Each edition documents a single artist showcasing some of their finest pieces. Enjoy the show!
A Candice Berman Fine Art Gallery Publication