Collage has come a long way, baby! From the days of scissor cut forms pasted to pile image upon image, now you can precisely cut and paste digitally. Patrick Meagher explored and demonstrated how the digital age has affected us spiritually and emotionally with his solo exhibition, “Suggested For You”.
Meagher is not coy in suggesting that you immerse yourself in the pixilated and coded mutations that enhance stock images of action like a surfer riding the waves. The image alone is dynamic enough but the additional digital enhancements take it to a whole new level when the geometric anomaly gives a more intriguing character and feel. He’s literally “crushing” it!
Large steel CD disks piled near a video installation of a constellation of logos that spark the sky hearken to the early rudimentary technology of the digital realm. With all the slick and blink of an eye fast technology where it is about instant gratification, there is the long gone charm of the early generation. Lo-tech is getting a serious revamp and a second look by Meagher.
Reconfigured and presented with unabashed verve, digital flourishes are not a quick fix gimmick as it is easy to just click, drop and forget it. Meagher is considerate and respectful of the elements he had to add into his collage and explore with his oeuvre. With his collages and sculpture work, Meagher as an artist is successful in making us pause and consider what this digital matter is all about. We live and immerse ourselves in it but it takes an artist to make us take stock in something we visually take for granted.
So does it creep into your soul? Are you fixated with the digital flourish that enhanced the photo collage? Has digital technology improved or slowly deteriorating your world? If there are questions popping in your head while viewing the show then Meagher has most certainly crushed it!
Patrick Meagher: Suggested For You
Exhibition Dates: March 31 – April 30, 2016
Gallery Hours: Wed to Sat (11 am – 6 pm) and by appt.
Equity Gallery. 245 Broome Street. New York, NY 10002
Art Review by Oscar A. Laluyan
Photography by Olya Turcihin