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Merryn J Trevethan

Merryn J Trevethan

downgrade ignites global sell off…

29 May – 29 June 2012
Merryn J Trevethan, Radiocity, 2011.

“The skyscrapers were beautiful. They did not seem like mere corporate shells. They were monuments to the arrogant yet philanthropic spirit of America.”  Patti Smith, Just Kids.

These  new works are borne out of weeks spent in and around New York, absorbing the city’s visual overload and pulsating energy. In the month before the Occupy Wall St movement, I spent my days exploring a city full of contradictions. The press was full of “the end is nigh” talk of a double dip recession, euro zone debt crisis, ratings downgrades and stocks prices tumbling; while on the ground the lights were still shining bright.  No lessons appeared to have been learned…it was business as usual.  The works reflect the natural habitats of what came to be known as the “one percenters”- Wall St, Times Square and the wealthy Upper East and West Side areas surrounding The Met, The Guggenheim, and The Plaza Hotel.  Wandering the canyons of New York City figure-ground relationships became blurred and it became increasing difficult to decipher what was up and what was down; what is “real” and what is just a facade, the negative from the positive. The New York I found is chrystilised in these small works.  What I found felt like a seemingly infinite cycle of madness on endless repeat.

Merryn Trevethan