Claudia Meyer | “CONTINUUM” | Solo Exhibition

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“Nature and human made elements are my unlimited sources of inspiration. More than often, I deliberately proceed to establish a harmonious dialog in between them. I then extract, suggest and eventually emphasize an actual or underlying element, and re-associate it within a different perspective through a three-dimensional approach and numerous supports. Transversality becomes my tool to re-defining invisibles boundaries of energy and flows. In other words, what I am trying to convey and accomplish is a sense of subliminal and uplifting dialog through colors, transparency and shapes.” – Claudia Meyer

The essence of Meyer’s creations consists of flows and energy and her creative inspiration draws upon all materials, including those produced by nature, and those invented by man. This expresses a great sense of freedom, as Meyer hand fashions cubes, rectangles, walls and installations, which are illuminated by the material and revealed by light. In this newest body of work, Meyer explores the nature of water and aquatic elements.

“I deliberately decided to emphasize the abstract shapes and richness of water, adding artificial light and playing with natural reflections and materials used. Indeed, water’s mirroring effects, its transparency, its flow and streams and the visual sensations it provides when looked at very thoroughly have always fascinated me. Most of the work that will be exhibited at FP Contemporary will incarnate the expressions of these observations.” – Claudia Meyer

Claudia Meyer is an independent artist and creator. She trained as a graphic designer at Hochschule für Gestaltung and Kunst in Luzern and spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany where she worked as a graphic artist and made the acquaintance of Anton Stankowski, the grand master of German design, in whose studio she was able to work.  Later on, she moved to New York and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, where she worked intensively on the possibilities of fabric design and modern technologies.  She has since been focusing full time on creating art using modern technologies and nature as her main sources of inspiration.


1978    College of Art & Design, Graphic Design Diploma, Switzerland

1982    Worked with Anton Stankowski

1983    Graphic Design & Advertising, Germany & Switzerland

1986    School of Visual Art, Computer Graphic NYC, USA

1987    Fashion Institute of Technology, Screen Printing, NYC, USA




National Women’s History Month

The West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board will host a reception for the artists of the Out & About Art Exhibition, a month-long art exhibit featuring noted women artists and curated by Brooke Mason, presented in celebration of National Women’s History Month in collaboration with the community initiative Women Manifest.

Curated by photographer Brooke Mason, the art show features works by Lee Bowers, Bibi Davison, Betty Gold, Julienne Johnson, Camella Da Eun Kim, Nicole Landau, Brooke Mason, and Joanne Chase Mattillo.

Of the women showing at the Out & About Exhibition is FP Contemporary artist Betty Gold, an internationally recognized geometric-abstract sculptor and painter whose work can be found globally in countless museums and prominent public and private art collections.

Betty Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas. She attended the University of Texas with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Art History. After completing her studies, she entered the tutelage and apprenticeship of sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas, Texas in the late 1950’s. Since then, she has traveled the world extensively, studying and lecturing. Inspired by the cultures she has observed throughout her years of travel, her geometric sculptures resemble paper origami despite their steel construction. Although her large-scale outdoor sculptures appear to have come into existence effortlessly, they can weigh in the range of thousands of pounds to seven tons.

Gold creates paper and cardboard models at her studio in Venice, CA and while she travels. Here, she describes her process in creating a maquette sculpture, Mallorca II, which will be on display at WeHo City Hall:

“Mallorca II is part of a series created in my Palma de Mallorca studio. I start with a sheet of rectangle paper where I draw a geometric design. I then create a paper model, folding, cutting and playing with the parts until a sculpture is formed. Once I finalize the design, I take it to my factory in Los Angeles to cut and weld the steel after which it is powder coated. The color is chosen by the way I feel at that time.

I’m intrigued by the juxtaposition of using steel, which is considered to be a masculine material, to create sculptures that resemble the delicate art of origami that range between eight and twenty-eight feet tall. I feel this particular sculpture, Mallorca II, has a figurative sensibility, like a posed woman.”

Betty Gold is a great representative for National Women’s History Month and has consistently proven herself to be a pioneer for women in art, especially in the realm of sculpture. She turned the male-dominated sculpture world “on its head” by winning countless public art commissions starting in the early 1970’s. She became associated with MADI, an international abstract art movement, which she claims opened many doors for her. In 2005, Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition at the Casal Solleric Museum, a historic castle in Palma, Spain on the island of Mallorca. Exhibitions featuring the work of Columbian artist Fernando Botero and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo graced the same castle following Gold’s retrospective exhibition.

While Betty Gold turns 80 in February 2015, her career has never lost momentum in the approximately 50 years she has worked as a professional sculptor and painter. She is still as vital as ever.