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Art that Moves

art show explores movement and energy via watercolor

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR. Artist Terry Meyer shows off his work in his home studio.
A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR. Artist Terry Meyer shows off his work in his home studio.

Terry Meyer is very zen about his paintings. He speaks calmly about the way he tries to evoke movement in stillness and yet he remains humble and funny while doing so.

He’s been painting and making art for a long, long time – everything from landscapes to rural scenes to the countryside.

But if you had to assign Meyer a specialty, it’d probably be horses. He remains fascinated by them although he doesn’t own any. His paintings reflect a more representative and expressionist portrait of the animal than literalist, though.

Here, feeling trumps meticulous accuracy.

“I landed on and stayed with them because I can show motion, I can show energy because everybody understands the horse,” Meyer said. “The horse brings mythology with it that even people who don’t like them can understand.”

In Meyer’s collection, there’s nary a literal horse. They’re watercolored swashes of paint, sometimes colored differently, shaped differently, represented uniquely. But a consistency is the way each horse’s near surroundings wave and roll around it to create visual representation of its energy and the way it moves.

“That’s what my works tries to do is try to evoke and show energy and how things move even if they’re standing still,” he said.

Besides energy, motion and horses, Meyer keeps things minimal, relying on the audience to fill in the blanks. After all, art I supposed to be interpretive.

As Meyer puts it: “The eye sees five percent and the brain fills in the rest.”

Meyer’s show, “Energy and Motion,” will be displayed at the Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey St., from Sept. 12 until Nov. 1. Join Meyer for an opening reception at 6:30pm Sept. 12.