Diane Meyer, The Tall T, 2001, c-print, edition of 10, 16 x 16"

Diane Meyer, The Tall T, 2001, c-print, edition of 10, 16 x 16″

Diane Meyer

Using photography as my primary medium, I am interested in American mythos, humor, narrative clichés, and cinematic traditions that become restaged in unexpected ways. I often meld popular culture with historical inquiry, choosing to blur distinctions between reality and fiction. The Lone Pine series was taken in the Alabama Hills in California, a site where approximately 70% of Hollywood Westerns were filmed. Tourists travel out into the landscape to see where their favorite Hollywood and television westerns were filmed. Visitors dress up and re-enact scenes from the films, or they pose with specific landscape features identifiable from them. The actual landscape becomes secondary to its significance as a stage set. In a strange circle, the Western was originally inspired by the landscape, and the now the landscape is inspired by the Western.

With a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, Diane Meyer has constructed a very successful career of awards, exhibitions, publications, and lectures. Meyer has received the Artists Fellowship Award from the AIR Gallery, NYC; the Fellowship Award from the Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; the CUE Art Foundation Studio Residency, NY; among many other awards and fellowships. Meyer has exhibited at numerous galleries including AIR Gallery, NYC; The Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland; i-5 Gallery, LA; Jamaica Center for Art and Learning, Queens, NY; Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; and The Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City. Along with being published in countless books and periodicals, Meyer has given lectures around the country at panel discussions, artist talks, and for the Society of Photographic Education.