“Anyone who knows the feeling of longing for the big city will quickly become addicted to Toni Meyer’s City Collages. Why is obvious: Life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last. The transience of the moment oozes from the pores and pixels of the images. Just like every travel experience that is too good to be true and all too soon will be a thing of the past forever. So we dream ourselves on, hoping for renewed fulfillment: next to the city … let’s leave that to Toni Meyer.” (Elena Dellasega)
Toni Meyer is drawn to big cities. As a silent participant, she allows herself to drift, to observe actors, temperatures, architectures, landmarks and edges, windows, street beauties, movement, psychograms, codes and dress codes in in a way how we tend to dream. She lets our thoughts go on journeys and, wandering through the city, digress until we come back to ourselves. From then on, we are left with the memory. We were there, whether we were really there or not. The artist makes us drift with her in the events. That we become her, also silent, companions in this urban mixture that sometimes comes across as decadent, sometimes precarious, sometimes brusque, sometimes familiar, sometimes neurotic, sometimes melancholic, sometimes ironic.
Her multimedia work includes photography, text, performance and video. She uses digital technology as a tool to transform what she perceives and photographs, but only just enough until the viewer takes a second glance. Toni Meyer counters the challenges of today’s society, in particular environmental issues and consumer culture in the digital age, sometimes with humorous exaggerations, sometimes with dystopian ideas for the future.The artist‘s first solo exhibition at Galerie 3AP highlights the Collage City Series, which she began in 2017. The ongoing project portrays major cities such as Tokyo, London, Frankfurt and Athens via photocollages. Toni Meyer (Viva Antonia Meyer *1988 in Frankfurt am Main) lives and works in Munich and Berlin.