Artist Statement

My images explore the dynamic between the city’s architecture, and our place within this imposing environment. Having always been unsure of how to understand the world around me, I find a sense of control by creating dramatic settings in which events can unfold. I enjoy night, because it is a place to escape the expectations of society and to reinvent one’s self. Through night scenes, I’m able to capture the city’s darker, more mystical and romantic undertones.

Using photographs I have taken of the city for reference, I construct scenes by eliminating objects or changing the perspective to better draw the viewer into the piece. Weaving together the disparate elements into a seamless quiet balance, I manipulate lighting and shadows, fine details, texture and other pictorial elements to conjure a sense of place and reveal the emotional core of my work.

BIO

Frederick Mershimer received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, where he majored in painting and drawing. After moving to New York in 1983, he began to study printmaking at The New School, Pratt Graphics Center (1984 – 1987) and Manhattan Graphics Center (1988 – 1992). Mershimer was initially drawn to the slow, direct and laborious mezzotint process, because it echoed his approach to drawing. In 2007, Stone and Press published a catalogue raisonné of his work, titled Frederick Mershimer Mezzotints 1984 – 2006. In 2007, he received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, followed by a 2009 Individual Support Grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.

COLLECTIONS

  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The Flint Institute of Art Flint, Michigan
  • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Georgetown University Lauinger Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Molloy College Art Gallery, Rockville Centre, New York
  • Museum of the City of New York, New York, New York
  • The National Museum of American Art-Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The New York Public Library, New York, New York
  • Newark Public Library, Newark, New Jersey
  • Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
  • RISD Museum/ Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Spencer Museum of Art/The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York
  • Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey

CORPORATE AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

  • AXA Group Gallery, New York, New York
  • Kitano Hotel New York, New York
  • New York Stock Exchange, New York, New York
  • The Reba and Dave Williams Collection of Prints, New York, New York
  • The College Board, New York, New York