The Papercutting Series, 2015-2016 - Ongoing series of papercuttings - See more…

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Ostrich Egg No.10, 2015 - Drawing, Permanent Marker on Ostrich Egg - See more…

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Blackbooks, 2015 - New drawings and scribbles out of my blackbooks - See more…


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My work A Drop in the Ocean is currently on display at the Observer Building in Hastings (UK)

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Silvio Meier, 'Drawings, Objects & Papercuttings'
Solo Exhibition

De La Warr Pavilion, Rooftop Foyer : Bexhill, East Sussex, UK
4th July to 31st August 2015

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Review by Richard Best

Silvio Meier creates complex and enigmatic patterns that are developed from the absorbed influence of his physical surroundings. These patterns are formed in precise ink drawings and intricate papercuttings, and are being exhibited together for the first time in England, at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
Meier moved from London to the south coast in recent years and began to incorporate his new surroundings into his drawings. Waves and droplets are gradually becoming more prolific throughout the work creating a fluidity that disrupts his carefully considered matrices. And with a view of the sea to reflect this theme, the Pavilion’s Roof Top Foyer provides an ideal location for this exhibition. The artist is also well suited to be placed in the presence of Mendelsohn’s staircase, an iconic modernist masterpiece whose structure and shape align with the artist’s precise and intricate constructions.
The works are all provided with simple names that relate to their process and sequence, and no narration is given from the exhibition’s title; Drawings, Objects, & Papercuttings. This allows the viewer to navigate their own way through the intertwining networks of figurative symbols and geometric shapes, gradually gaining a feeling of sense from the compositions. Many images and symbols are repeated across this collection, hands and hearts and eyes, and their familiarity establishes an interaction with the work; the viewer observes the eyes as the eyes observe the viewer.
The artist begins with well-practiced lines – shapes and patterns designed within his sketchbooks – building upon these in a careful balance between geometric structuring and an organic freedom that allows for mistakes or spillages to become incorporated into the work. He plans and draws simultaneously, using a natural algorithmic process to fill every space of his surface in perfectly considered designs. Meier’s processes and materials accentuate his interest in contrast, and this is manifestly constant throughout the major themes of the work also. He strives to find a balance between a state of subconscious inspiration and an ability to direct the work with meaningful intention. And this directs the process of his work. Black ink lines and painted shapes create the silhouette of symbolic fragments but the opposite occurs in the papercuttings series; as the paper is removed light is left in its place, which moves the focus to the negative image.
Although Meier claims little influence from other artists it is possible to draw connections to MC Escher’s curious Metamorphosis I and his ingenious manipulation of architecture.
This collection is comprised of a number of dense black and white drawings on paper and sketchbooks, alongside his most recent redbush tea & watercolour works, and an ongoing project that transforms his flat papercut pieces into a dynamic layered Zoetrope. This is also the first opportunity to see Meier’s Objects on display. His wooden boxes, ostrich eggs, and pebbles are usually reserved for commission but these pieces have been retrieved from private collections to complete this definitive view of Silvio Meier.


Hastings Independent, Issue 34, July 2015 - Enlarge…

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The Tea Series, 2011-2015 - Drawings, Ink Pen, Watercolour & Tea on Paper - See more...

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Ostrich Egg No.9, 2014 - Drawing, Permanent Marker on Ostrich Egg - See more…

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A Drop in the Ocean, 2014 - Papercutting on Lightbox - See more…

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Wooden Box, 2014 - Drawing, permanent marker on antique wooden box - See more…

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Through Fractals and Time, 2013 - Painting, Gouache on Canvas - See more...

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Fai Baba, 2013 - Flyer & Poster for Fai Baba's record release - See more...

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Russian Nesting Ball, 2013 - Drawing, Ink on Wood - See more...

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Strange Attractor, 2011 - Stencil, Spray Can & Acrylic on Chinese Plywood - See more…

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A Way in the Woods, 2010 - Painting, Gouache on Canvas, Triptych - See more...

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Vans Textile Pattern, 2010 - Drawing, Ink Pen on Paper, Allover Print for Vans - See more...

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Another Night, 2009 - Stop Motion Drawing, Marker on Paper by Silvio Meier & Luca Basello - See more…

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Scratchboards, Part 1, 2006-2007 - Etching, Scratchboard No. 1-5 - See more...

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Silvio Meier’s vast enigmatic patterns emerge from the depths of his absorbed influences in an automatic outpouring that exhibits his compulsion to draw. The patterns contain interlocking geometric shapes, elementary symbols, figurative elements and other recognisable fragments but there is no conceptualisation prior to creating this work; it is derived from experience and an awareness of the artist’s surroundings. Read more…

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